Fifth place for Kamworor as Tola claims World Marathon crown

Fifth place for Kamworor as Tola claims World Marathon crown

Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor finished fifth in a time of 2 hours 7 minutes 14 seconds as Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola won the gold after a masterful and ruthless run saw him come home more than a minute clear in a championship record of 2:05:36 on Sunday 17 July 2022.

Kamworor in past action

Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor finished fifth in a time of 2 hours 7 minutes 14 seconds as Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola won the gold after a masterful and ruthless run saw him come home more than a minute clear in a championship record of 2:05:36 on Sunday 17 July 2022.

Tola shaped what had been a largely inchoate procession of surging and slacking when he took off between the 33rd and 34th kilometres. It was not a drill. 

By the 34km marker his lead was seven seconds. At 35km it was 12 seconds, at 36km it was 17 seconds and at 37km it was 26 seconds. With 5km to go, the gold was gone and the drama of the race resided in which of the chasing group of four – Abdi, Geremew, Levins and Kamworor – would share the podium. 

Geremew’s big move, when it came with a kilometre remaining, was as decisive as that of his compatriot. Very suddenly he was a silver medallist in waiting and Abdi seemed to be looking back down the field a lot in the closing stages, perhaps seeking his training partner Abdi Nageeye, who had so vigorously encouraged him to keep going in pursuit of a medal in Tokyo last summer. 

As it happened, Nageeye was one of eight runners who failed to finish, in company with Ethiopia’s defending champion Lelisa Desisa, who was not thought to be in good form and who confirmed that speculation as he struggled out of contention by the halfway point. 

The race had begun with bad news for Japan, whose charismatic national record-holder Kengo Suzuki did not start. 

Local hero Galen Rupp, who had run this course innumerable times as a former alumnus of the University of Oregon, was seeking to add another global marathon medal to the bronze he won at the Rio 2016 Games. But after hitting the front briefly at the halfway point, taking the field through 22km in 66:58, he dropped away to finish 19th in 2:09:36. 

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