NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and
women’s record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will lead Kenya’s
ten-member team to the World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain on
Kenya faces a daunting task in its quest to dominate the
championships for the second time in a row after it swept all the
team and individual medals at the last competition in Cardiff, Wales
Kamworor run the race of his life to retain the men’s title while
Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s edition in a 1-2-3 finish for the
East African country with Cynthia Limo and Marcy Wacera following in
But as the focus turns on Valencia in two months’ time, Kenya has
named a very strong side that has the fastest woman in half marathon
and record holder Jepkosgei, who will be returning to the city that
she managed to break her own record last October.
“I was expecting the call-up. My manager told me to be ready and I
have done well in training and will not relent. The challenge ahead
is enormous and there is no resting on the laurels,” said Jepkosgei
To accomplish her task, Jepkosgei will have to team up with
compatriots Ruth Chepngetich who won the Istanbul Half Marathon last
year with others including Pauline Kaveke, Mary Wachira, and Fancy
Peris Jepchirchir, who won in Cardiff in 2016, joined another long
list of Kenyan women who have excelled in this event. The list
includes legendary Tegla Loroupe, marathon icon Mary Keitany,
Florence Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono.
In the men’s side, defending champion Kamworor has set aside all
other engagements to make sure he retains his title. Kamworor had to
give up his slot in the Kenya Commonwealth Games team to focus on
this title defence.
Bedan Karoki who finished as the runner-up in the same competition
also makes the cut. Others are Joram Okombo, Barselius Kipyego and
Leonard Barsoton who makes his debut for Kenya in the road races.