Kamworor retains World Half Marathon title

Kamworor becomes the third man in history to retain the world title.

Saturday March 26 2016

Geoffrey Kamworor retained his World Half Marathon title in a championship record time of 59 minutes and 10 seconds in Cardiff, Wales. Kamworor becomes the third man in history to retain the world title after  Kenya’s Paul Tergat and Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea. PHOTO | IAAF

Geoffrey Kamworor retained his World Half Marathon title in a championship record time of 59 minutes and 10 seconds in Cardiff, Wales. Kamworor becomes the third man in history to retain the world title after Kenya’s Paul Tergat and Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea. PHOTO | IAAF 

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Geoffrey Kamworor weathered a fall at the start and heavy downpour towards the end to retain his World Half Marathon title in a time of 59 minutes and 10 seconds in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday.

Kamworor missed the championship record he set two years ago in Copenhagen, Denmark by a second.

Kamworor, who becomes the third man in history to retain the world title after Kenya’s Paul Tergat and Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea, edged out compatriot Bedan Karoki to second place in a replica of the 2015 World Cross Country Championships and 2016 National Cross Country.

Karoki clocked 59:36 for silver as the Kenyans took swift revenge of Briton Mo Farah, who settled for bronze in 59:59.

Kamworor, who is also the World 10,000m silver medallist, erased the championships record time of 59:35 set by Tadese in 2009.

Another Kenyan Simon Cheprot clocked 1:00:12 for sixth while Edwin Kiptoo 1:00:21 for ninth as Kenya reclaimed the team title.

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