NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
New York marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor has
put up his name for selection as he wishes to defend his world
half marathon title in Valencia in March.
Kamworor, who had in
2016 put aside his road racing ambitions so as to focus on track
competition and running at the Olympics, said he wants to retain
the title and also compete at the Commonwealth Games in Gold
Coast, Australia in April.
“It will be my joy
if I will be given an opportunity to go and defend my world half
marathon title next year. I am not in a hurry to specialize only
in road races,” said Kamworor, who returned home on Thursday
from New York.
“I can still compete
on the track and the cross country. I do believe we have an
opportunity to reclaim the 5,000m and 10,000m titles,” he said.
Kamworor will be
looking for his third successive title after winning in
Copenhagen in 2014 and Cardiff in 2016.
With a huge
reservoir to pick from, Kenya coaches will be spoilt for choice
on who will be carrying the country’s flag in Valencia.
The women’s team
will be led by Joyciline Jepkosgei, who kept her stellar 2017
momentum alive by winning at the Valencia Half Marathon, taking
one second off her own world record to clock 1:04:51.
Kenya is pushing to rename the Nyahururu Stadium after the late
former Beijing Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru. The
move is aimed to attract sponsors who will help to renovate the
Olympic body chairman Kipchoge Keino had promised a name change,
which would play a big role in getting funding. Our hope now
rests with the county government and the current NOCK chairman
Paul Tergat meeting this pledge,” said country branch chairman