AK to name World Half Marathon team today

Thursday, February 20th, 2020 08:35 | By
World Half Marathin record holder Geoffrey Kamworor after winning the 2017 New York marathon. PD/FILE

Athletics Kenya (AK) are today expected to name a team of 10 athletes for the biennial World Half Marathon to be held in Gdynia, Poland in March 29.

Defending champion and world record holder over the distance Geoffrey Kamworor on Saturday admitted he had indeed been contacted and will be keen to win his fourth consecutive title after triumphs in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

“I wanted to run at the Olympics in the marathon category. Unfortunately that is not the case. When the right time comes I will compete on the track for an opportunity to feature in 10,000m for Tokyo. But for now I have to focus on the half marathon,” Kamworor told People Sport.

 The marathoners, three athletes each in the men and women categories have been notified according to AK vice president in charge of competitions Paul Mutwii. There are two reserves for both categories, bringing the total to 10. 

“Selection was based entirely on World Athletics rankings. Putting that in mind, those athletes who missed on slots to the Olympics team were given priority,” said Mutwii.

Meanwhile, Uasin Gishu County will this Friday and Saturday play host the first Athletics Kenya (AK) Track and Field event at the University of Eldoret, Chepkoilel Grounds.

The two-day event is expected to attract elite and untested track and field athletes as the chase for a place in the national trials ahead of this year’s Olympic Games scheduled for August in Tokyo, Japan continues.

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