NAROBI, (Xinhua) --
Double World half Marathon champion Geoffrey
Kamworor of Kenya on Wednesday warned his colleagues he intends
to run a fast time at this year’s event, but failed short to
confirm if he will attack the world record.
Kamworor, 25, is
eying to be third time lucky to win the World Half Marathon
after claiming wins in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Cardiff (Wales)
respectively. This year’s World Half Marathon will be held in
Valencia, Spain on March 24.
However, he said he
is inspired by the strong team that Kenya named for the
championships, which include 2016 runners-up Bedan Karoki,
Family Bank Half Marathon champion Joram Okombo, as well as
Leonard Barsoton and Barselius Kipyego.
“I want to run fast
time. My body is in good form and I have to polish a few areas
prior to the championships. I have two months to do that and I
believe it will be in optimum position in the week to the
Valencia championships,” Kamworor said in Nairobi.
The two-time World
Cross Country champion said he has confidence in the team
selected because he has run against them before and they will
have no challenge in bonding and working together as a team.
“We always enter
this competition as a team. But like any marathon event, we
always come up with a strategy that we have to stick to. But
ultimately after halfway mark, each athlete decides when to
break off and keep his pace,” he said.
World half marathon
record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei will lead Kenya’s assault in
the women’s race together with Mary Wacera, who won silver in
2016 Copenhagen and bronze in 2016 Cardiff, Fancy Chemutai,
second behind Jepkosgei in Valencia Half marathon, Istanbul Half
Marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich and Pauline Kaveke.
The five will be out
to ape 2014 winners in Glasgow, Scotland of Peres Jepchirchir
and silver medallist Cynthia Jerotich, who didn’t make the team.
Jepkosgei broke the
world half marathon twice last year in Prague (1:04:52) and
Valencia (1:04:51). She returns in Valencia on a course where
she broke the world half marathon record in October.
The team will pitch
camp in Kaptagat starting March 10 two weeks prior to the
championships in Valencia Spain on March 24.