Kamworor rues Karoki absence in Valencia

Kamworor rues Karoki absence in Valencia

Kamworor rues Karoki absence in Valencia

Geoffrey Kamworor has admitted that the absence of Bedan Karoki in his successful defense of the World half Marathon Championship last Saturday in Valencia, Spain had an effect on his race tactics.

Kamworor did not dip under an hour in his victory on Saturday and he believes things would have been different and the race faster had his compatriot been available. Karoki who finished second behind Kamworor in his previous World Half conquest in Cardiff, United Kingdom missed this year’s Championship due to injury.

“When Bedan is there we make it fast because he is a front running guy and we usually work together and push each other to finish one and two. I think if he was there, things would have been different,” Kamworor said.

“It was a slow race from the start but I was not worried because I knew I had prepared well. I decided to go off after 15km and I think that was a good tactic,” said the 26 year old.

Kenya failed to defend its team title after the rest of the pack failed to fare well. Leonard Barsoton was Kenya’s second best finisher behind Kamworor coming a distant 12th. However, Kamworor says he was happy with the team’s performance.

He will now switch his attention to the IAAF Diamond League which he begins in May where he hopes to run in the 5,000 and 10,000m. He also targets to the New York Marathon in November and defend the title he won last year.

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