Kamworor set for New York and Olympic Games

Two time world cross country champion will be taking on New York City marathon as targets 2020 Olympics Games.

The newly crowned world half marathon record holder will be chasing his second title at the New York Marathon title said his preparations is on top as he plans to redeem his image after failing to defend his 2017 title in 2018.

“Am not thinking to switch into marathon fully because for now, am targeting to get a ticket in 10,000m for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan,” said the three-time world half marathon champion. 

On his New York return, the two-time world cross country champion said his preparation is going on well.

“Am really focusing to go and run a great race. This will be my fourth time to appear in New York and hoping to run well,” added Kamworor who won the title in 2017, finished second in 2015 and third in 2018.

The all-surface runner broke the world 21km record in Copenhagen last month clocking 58:01 lowering Abraham Kiptum’s time of 58:18 set last year in Valencia.

“After Copenhagen am taking easy in training to catch up with others and now we are doing training and am ready to go,” added Kamworor who trains alongside world marathon record Eliud Kipchoge, whom he praised as a God sent.

“He (Kipchoge) has been giving me a lot of encouragement and he like our mentor at the camp. He is a focused person and we learn a lot from him as we  also encourage him to go for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna,” added Kamworor who trains with Kipchoge at Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat.

Back to his world record, Kmworor said he felt happy as it was something that it was in my mind for so long.

“I had to skip world championships to focus for Copenhagen half marathon where I wanted to run the fastest time and it came as a world record. That is a double blessing for me,” added Kamworor.

Despite going to New York with a world record, that has not pressured the Chepkorio born man.

“I have forgotten the world record and am forging ahead for a big task. Last year I really prepared well, hoping to defend my title but there was a strong challenge as defending champion. Personally I don’t have a lot of pressure, I know people are expecting a lot from me that is what  I know but to me am really focused and training well and happy all is going on all and for sure hoping to run a great race.

Addition information The Star Newspaper

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