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 March 24.
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 in 2016.
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 pursuit respectively.
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.
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 on Tuesday.
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 Chemutai.
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
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.
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.