Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor eyes Medal at World Athletics Championships in Oregon
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor eyes Medal at World Athletics Championships in Oregon – Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, a two-time winner of the New York City marathon, will aim to turn his silver medal from the global championships held in Beijing in 2015 into a gold medal at this year’s competition in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States.
The three-time global half marathon champion (2014, 2016, and 2018), who finished second to Mo Farah in the 10,000m in 2015, will line up in the marathon rather than the track race he previously competed in, and he will be going for his first gold at the championships.
The all-surface runner, who has stopped competing in track and cross country competitions in order to focus solely on marathons, claimed that the time has come for him to take home the most cherished title, saying that he is fit, training well, and in good health. read more
“I started the training very late because of competing at the Boston marathon but currently am doing well. It is a bit late but my body is responding well. With this remaining one month before the race, I am sure I will be extra fit to compete at the world championships,” said the two-time Berlin marathon bronze medalist.
He says that he feels great going back to the USA after winning two New York Marathon titles, and competing in Boston last April, and says that it gives him great pleasure and motivates him again to win a major title at the world championships.
“I have competed in America many times, winning New York two times (2017 and 2019), winning bronze once (2018) and silver once (2015). So I will feel great if I win one of the major titles,” said Kamworor.
He added that it was so unfortunate to have lost the Boston marathon that was won by Kenyan Evans Chebet followed by compatriot Lawrence Cherono. read more
“It was very unfortunate while competing at the Boston marathon because I went there, I was fit and in great shape but I don’t know what really happened. But sometimes shit happens and picked muscle crumbs. But I came home and I was treated and right now I am fine. It was a bad day for me,” he said.
However, he assured Kenyans that they should expect them to do well at the world championships where he will be marshalling forces with Lawrence Cherono, Barnabas Kiptum, and former world champion Geoffrey Kirui.
“Looking at the team, we are optimistic, because we are the best team ever and we are going to fight for all the medals, which will be very competitive also looking at other nations,” he said.
With Athletics Kenya’s assurance that each athlete will be training individually at their training areas, Kamworor said that they sometimes train together as a team.
“We are training almost from the same environment so we are good. We train together as a team once a week and it is resonating well. But I am not going back to 10,000m and my focus is full, with the aim of claiming a major title like world championships then the six world majors’ marathon title,” he added. read more
“The biggest achievement in this career is proper training, focused and self-discipline that has kept me on toes for all this time, and most important is to respect your coaches. It may disappoint you at the start but it will take to adjust and in the end, you run well. I do adjust very well when it comes to all surfaces like a marathon, cross country and track,” he said.
The world championships will be his 10th marathon in his career: “Running nowadays is very competitive across the world. You cannot underrate or underestimate anyone.”