Kamworor calm on reclaiming world record

Kamworor calm on reclaiming world record

After losing his half marathon world record last year, Geoffrey Kamworor is in no hurry to reclaim it as he returns to full fitness following a long injury layoff.

Kamworor’s record of 58:01 set in 2019 at the Copenhagen Half marathon was smashed by compatriot Kibiwott Kandie who shaved 30 seconds at the Valencia Half last year December.

The 28-year-old was reduced to a mere spectator in a sport he loves most when he was involved in a minor road accident in Eldoret while on his routine training.

Having been involved in a minor road accident, Kamworor missed out on major races last year which include the World Half Marathon in Poland where he was set to defend his title.

Although last season was no better either for athletes owing to the tribulations brought about by Covid-19 pandemic, Kamworor woes were compounded by the unfortunate injury as he watched helplessly his World Half Marathon title head to Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo before losing the record to Kandie without a fight in both occasion.

“For sure, I have never broken my limits. Remember when I set the record in 2019 I took me eight years focusing on it and it is something I still have in my mind and I am confident I am going to do it in future,” Kamworor said on reclaiming the half marathon world record.

“I wanted to defend my title in Poland but I could not do it because of the injury, but that is the nature of sports. I was happy for someone else to win because it is anybody’s event. I am still optimistic of winning since we still have more championships ahead,” he said.

The three-time world half marathon champion was also full of praise of the in-form Kandie who shaved 29 seconds off his record.

“He is a great man, a determined athlete and for sure he has a great future where everything is possible for him,” said Kamworor.

The duo forms a strong line up for an epic clash expected at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon on February 19.

Kamworor made his comeback with a bang as he snatched a record eighth title at the National Police Cross Country as Kandie picked from where he left when he stormed to his third consecutive title at the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country.