Karoki hopeful after injury recovery, eyes new achievements

Thursday, July 20th, 2023 09:00 | By
Bedan Karoki
Bedan Karoki (C) training at the Nyahururu Stadium. He has resumed training after being kept out of action by an injury he picked over two years ago. PHOTO/David Macharia

Olympian Bedan Karoki who has been out of action for over two years, due to injury, has resumed training earnestly in readiness for the new athletics season.

 Karoki, an all-round athlete who has won medals in cross country, track and road, has been nursing a hip injury that has seen him miss competitions since 2020.

  “I have resumed training and hope for better results on the road in the new season,” he said after doing speed work at the high-altitude Nyahururu Stadium in Laikipia County.

 He said he picked the injury while competing for his company in the hugely popular inter-companies, Ekiden, two years ago. He underwent treatment in Japan where he is based before returning to the country for off season holiday.

 Karoki boasts of being a silver medallist in World Cross Country won at Guiyang, China 2015 and World Half that took place in Cardiff, Britain in 2016.

 He has been to three World Championships running 10,000 metres – 6th in Moscow (2013), 4th in Beijing (2015) and 4th in London (2017) and two Olympics – 5th in London (2012) and 7th in Brazil (2016) but does not have any medal in his cabinet from these extravaganzas.

 Karoki finished third in London Marathon in 2017, and fifth the following year, clocking 2:07:41 and 2:08:34 respectively.

In 2018, he finished fourth in Chicago with a time of  2:05:53.

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