World champ trains in earnest in a bid to re­tain the world ti­tle in Kam­pala next year

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY STAN­LEY MAGUT@ mgt­stan

De­fend­ing the IAAF world cross coun­try cham­pion ti­tle will be top on Geoffrey Kam­woror’s pri­or­ity list next year in Kam­pala.

The cross coun­try sea­son has al­ready started in Kenya and will cul­mi­nate into the IAAF World Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships to be held at the neigh­bour­ing Kam­pala, Uganda in March. Kam­woror beat com­pa­triot Bedan Karoki to sec­ond when he raced to hon­ours at the 2015 edi­tion in Guiyang, China.

Kam­woror is cur­rently train­ing at Kap­ta­gat in readi­ness for the event.

“The sea­son is over for me but my plan for next year is to first de­fend my world cross coun­try ti­tle in Kam­pala be­fore fo­cus­ing in the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don,” Kam­woror said in El­doret. Kamoworor, who shook off Bri­ton Mo Farah and com­pa­triot Karoki to win the World Half Marathon ti­tle in Cardiff, failed to live up to the billing at Rio Games.

De­spite drop­ping out of the 10,000m at the Olympic tri­als in El­doret, Kam­woror was in­cluded in the team, where he per­formed poorly in Brazil. “I have started my build up and I will weigh my op­tions and I will no doubt fea­ture in the AK se­ries, where I will be look­ing for speed and en­durance,” he said.

Mean­while, the third AK cross coun­try meet­ing will be held at the Nyan­darua Tech­ni­cal Train­ing In­sti­tute in Nyahu­ruru on Satur­day. AK Nyan­darua County boss Fran­cis Mwaniki, said the event prom­ises thrills.

“The meet­ing will be more com­pet­i­tive be­cause it is the first Pre­mium la­beled race af­ter the first two se­ries. We have sev­eral up­com­ing ath­letes from our train­ing camps here who are ex­pected to chal­lenge their old or­der. ,” said Mwaniki.

Cleophas Ng’etich and Caro­line

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