NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World Half marathon champion Geoffrey
Kamworor of Kenya has recovered from a back problem that limited
his sprint at last year’s New York Marathon and is ready to
launch his World Cross Country title campaign.
issues with my back, but that’s part of the game and it is two
"I have healed and will now focus on cross country," Kamworor
said on Thursday in Nairobi.
His manager Jos Hermens says Kamowror has the potential to
win when he is in top form.
"In New York Marathon, he suffered a back problem and these
"But he will be back in cross country and from there we shall
see." Hermens said.
Kenya is seeking to firm its grip on the cross country in a
year that there are plenty of competition.
Alongside the World Cross Country in Aarhus of Denmark in
March, there is the Africa Games in Casablanca, Morocco, the
World Championships in Doha, Qatar, The World Relay
Championships in Bahamas and the IAAF Diamond League circuit.
However, in his quest to return to top form and secure a
ticket to the World Cross Country Championships, Kamworor will
launch his campaign with Kenya Police Championships in Nairobi
It is a competition he has won in the last five editions.
However, he will be up against spirited challenge from
Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Augustine Choge, Emmanuel
Bett and World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi.
"It is always an honor to compete locally for my team. It
prepares me for the national championships and trials where the
top two athletes will get the ticket to make the national team,"
"I have prepared well and ready for the challenge.
Definitely, I will be going for top finish in Aarhus if I make
the national team.
"I know I’m capable of winning a fourth title," said Kamworor.