Kamwaror reflects on a tough year

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 00:00 |
Multiple world cross country and half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor. Photo/PD/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Multiple world cross country and half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor has admitted the terrain in 2020 has been difficult  for him to navigate.

However, the three-time world half marathon champion is still hopeful he will defend his  title in Gydnia, Poland, on October 17.

 The 28-year-old,  nicknamed man of all surfaces, is currently recuperating at his Eldoret home after a bad accident last month that saw him require an operation.

He says the procedure involved opening his  incomplete right tibia shaft fracture, knee bruises and scalp laceration. This is after he was hit by  a speeding motorcycle during his morning run on Kaptagat-Eldoret road.

Speaking to People Sport,  the New  York City marathon champion says the year has had more of “what ifs” for him than anything else.

“I am extremely happy that God has been on my side in a year things seem to be going from bad to worse.

Yes, I ask myself several questions, the ‘what ifs’ are many. But I choose to be thankful in all the situations,” reflected Kamworor.

“The pain is easing, which is a good thing. According to my doctor, I will need up to five weeks to get back to serious training. I just hope I will be ready to defend my title in October. However, I can’t say that with certainty,” he added.

For an athlete who badly wanted to make to the Kenyan marathon team for 2020 Olympics, he says missing out when the team was named early in the year was tough.

“Olympics was my biggest target of the year,and as humans, when we miss our targets, we are upset, but that is life.

Then again who knew the Olympics and Paralympics, for the first in the history of the modern games were going to be postponed to 2021,” added the athlete . 

Kamworor, who runs under the Global Sports management stable, also recalled an incident five months ago during the national Cross country Championships in Nairobi when he was misdirected by a route marshal in the home stretch to eventually surrender his big lead to Kibiwott Kandie.

“I am not bitter, but those are the moments I reflect on and then maybe say the signs of a difficult season ahead were there for all to see. I just wish we can get back to a normal way of life soon and be able to compete, “ he added.

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