NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor will put his marathon
title on the line in New York City on Nov. 4 eyeing to hit two
birds with one stone, retain the gold medal and cement his spot
in Kenya team to 2019 World Championships.
feels a special connection with New York and is doing everything
possible to become the heir apparent to the legendary marathon
king and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge.
The two are training
partners under coach Patrick Sang and having seen Kipchoge
obliterate the world record in Berlin (2:01:39), Kamworor is
keen to carve his own niche in New York.
He intends to become
the first man since John Kagwe, 20 years ago, to win the New
York Marathon in successive years. “To me, it is always about
the next competition,” said Kamworor on Monday.
“The medals I have
won have always motivated me, but after I win a medal I forget
about it and aim for the next goal. In some ways it’s a bit like
climbing a tree. When you climb up to the next branch you forget
about the branch that you have left behind.”
Ironically, it will
be the seventh marathon for Kamworor, despite making his debut
in 2012 in Berlin where he clocked his personal best time of
2:06:12. The other five races he has been to Berlin (twice),
Tokyo and New York (twice).
star rose after finishing second - 14 seconds adrift of Stanley
Biwott - on his New York Marathon debut in 2015.
He returned last
year to add his name to the roll call of great New York Marathon
champions winning in 2:10:53, his slowest mark of the six
marathons he has participated in.
“Running at New York
is like running at home. It is my favorite race. The course is
up and down, sometimes flat. I am used to this from my cross
country background. But I want something special this year,
maybe a personal best time,” he added.
With a hat-trick of
World Half Marathon crowns, three World Cross Country titles and
he is also the reigning New York Marathon champion, Kamworor
will be the athlete to beat. Compatriot and former London
Marathon champ Daniel Wanjiru says Kamworor remains a threat.
“New York has big
stars and it is always to focus on your own strength and use it
to gain the advantage. Kamworor is a big name and he is strong,”
Kamworor credits his
coach former steeplechase champion Patrick Sang for his rise and
success in road racing.
“I knew Eliud (Kipchoge)
was a great athlete but what I have really learned from him is
the value of hard-work and discipline and how you treat yourself
as an athlete,” said Kamworor.
The training group
under Sang has Kipchoge, Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, Chicago
Marathon silver medalist Abel Kirui, Augustine Choge among other
debut win against unique rivalry at Chicago marathon
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Bedan Karoki hopes he will finally break
the duck and win his first marathon on Oct. 7 when he lines up
at the start of this year’s Chicago marathon.
Karoki, 28, will be
making his fourth attempt at the distance with his best effort
having come in 2017 at the London marathon where he clinched the
bronze medal on his debut in the race won by compatriot Daniel
He went on to finish
fourth at the Fukuoka marathon and settled for fifth spot in a
star-studded London marathon this year timing at 2:08:34. But
that is about to change should the tail wind continue pushing
him as he debuts in America.
“It is down to what
I have learnt in the three previous races. That experience is
critical and I know the field in Chicago is a strong one. It is
something I am used to because I have run London twice and my
performance was not bad despite missing a medal this year,” said
Karoki on Monday.
The Kenyan, who has
pitched camp in high altitude areas of Nyahururu for the last
one month since returning from his training base in Japan, feels
he will be ready on Sunday to wrest the first marathon title in
“I resumed training
in June after a month’s break from the London race,” added
Karoki. “I know top names like Mo Farah will be on parade and it
inspires me to bring out the best performance. It will not be
the first time am running against Farah though. I believe the
real danger is in the huge Kenyan representation in the race.”
Indeed, focus will
be on the defending champion Galen Rupp, who became the first
American to win the Chicago Marathon title since Moroccan-born
American Khalid Khannouchi in 2002. Others are Dickson Chumba
(2:04:32) and Abel Kirui (2:05:04), both former champions in
There is also world
champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27), who won the Boston Marathon
last year, before relinquishing his title to finish second this
year under windy and rainy conditions.
runners like Kenneth Kipkemoi, Paul Lonyangata, Stephen Sambu
and Augustine Choge are all training their guns on winning the
But Karoki who this
year won the Ras Al Khaimah International Half Marathon in
United Arab Emirates clocking 58:42 in February and later
finished second at the Buenos Aires Half Marathon (59:50) in
August believes tactics will be critical for the eventual winner
as he guns for the trophy to boost his chances of selection to
Kenya team to the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar and
the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I need to secure a
few wins to my name. I believe Chicago will be good to me and
that is why I must give it my best shot,” said Karoki, who is
trained by coach Francis Kamau.
Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru recovers
from injury, targets New York marathon debut
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former London marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru
has recovered from a stomach problem that forced him to drop out
of the Great North run in Newcastle and will be ready to
challenge for honors at the New York marathon on Nov 4.
The 26-year-old has
struggled since winning the London race in 2017, but believes
his worst days are over as he intensifies his training in Nakuru
in preparations for the New York marathon, where he eyes his
first win in U.S. soil.
“I had a stomach
infection during the Great North Run in September, which denied
me the chance to win the race,” said Wanjiru on Sunday in Nakuru.
“However, I’m back
in training and fully focused on New York marathon in just a few
On Saturday, Wanjiru
was in top form as he run over 35km with his group of training
mates and believes he will increase the mileage as he approaches
the November date.
Wanjiru has been a
shadow of his former self this year as he failed to defend his
crown in London, finishing seventh in a race that was won by
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge.
However, the 2016
Amsterdam champion believes he has what it takes to claim his
maiden New York Marathon title.
“I look forward to
running with the champion Geoffrey Kamworor and other world
champions. I have no pressure going into the race and that is
huge bonus to me,” said Wanjiru.
“I’m very happy to
be part of the elite team at the New York marathon. Training is
going on well and I’m getting ready to make my debut in New
York,” he added.
The 26-year-old has
a personal best time of 2:05:21, which he set in Amsterdam in
He was a surprise
winner in London when he clocked a time of 2:05:48 for victory
ahead of Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele in 2017.
However, he failed
to show his best show when he returned to London for the World
Marathon Championships last year, where he was eighth clocking
He started the year
with poor show in Houston half marathon, where he clocked 62:55
minutes in position 25.
He also ran in
Netherlands over 10km. But it is the challenge he anticipates in
New York that inspires him. Champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be
the man to beat alongside Wanjiru.
There is also Boston
Marathon bronze medalist Shadrack Biwott as well as American
Bernard Lagat, who will be making his debut in the marathon.