NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Geoffrey
Kamworor of Kenya will not compete in any road races to save his feet from the
hard tarmac and focus on winning the elusive 10,000m title at the London World
Championships in August.
delayed his training since the Rio Olympic Games in August, last year, where he
finished a distant 11th in the 10,000 meters final won by his rival
Mo Farah of England.
A bout of
pneumonia and a road accident in October 2016, where he dislocated his left arm,
took the wind out of his sails but the 25-year-old has been going through
rehabilitation and is happy to announce he has fully recovered and will be ready
to lay down his marker at the Kenya trials for the World Cross Country
Championships this weekend in Nairobi.
“It is not my
intention to compete in World cross in Kampala (March 26). All I want to do is
defend my crown and see where I rank in terms of fitness,” he said.
ruled out defending the crown he won in Guiyang, China two years ago but will be
keen to provide moral support for the Kenya team that will be going to Kampala
for the next edition of the World Cross Country Championships on March 26.
and injuries saw Kamworor miss out on two road races early in February and
December, but he has since trained for the World Championships in August.
“I had just
returned to training after an illness when the accident occurred and I had to
keep off training for two months,” said Kamworor.
“I feel much
better now and want to get my body back in competition mood and shake off any
“My dream is
to win the 10,000m title from Farah, especially at his home turf. It will hurt
him most,” said Kamworor. “What I want to do is put behind the Rio Olympic
experience and try to secure my career a new meaning.”