Half-marathon world champion Geoffrey Kamworor was taken to a hospital in Eldoret, Kenya after being hit by a motorcycle on Thursday, as reported by The Daily Nation. Kamworor was hit as he neared the end of his morning run. The motorcyclist involved took the half-marathon world record-holder to the hospital, where he was treated for several injuries. Among the damage Kamworor sustained was a fracture in his right tibia, which required surgery. The operation reportedly went well and he has been discharged from hospital, though it’s not known how long he will away from training.
Scary news from Kenya. NYC Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor was reportedly hit by a speeding motorcycle while on a run. Underwent surgery for a "right tibia shaft fracture" on his right leg and bruises on his headhttps://t.co/E3dt7ZIi5L
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The Daily Nation caught up with Kamworor after the accident, and he filled them in on the details. “I was one kilometre away from my home during my morning run when a speeding motorcycle hit me from behind and I fell down, injuring my leg,” he said. “I also got injuries in my head and he helped me up and took me to the hospital where I was admitted.” The Daily Nation also spoke with Dr. Victor Bargoria, the doctor who treated Kamworor. He said Kamworor will have to return to the hospital at a later date for more tests and scans, plus rehab for his leg.
From bad to worse
The accident came a day after new broke that the 2020 New York City Marathon was cancelled. Kamworor is a two-time champion in New York City, in 2017 and 2019, and he was prepared to return in November to try and defend his title at the final World Marathon Major of the year. In an Instagram post following the news, he wrote, “It’s sad to hear that this year’s New York City Marathon is cancelled. However, we respect the decision made by the authorities. I’ve great memories from New York and look forward to celebrate a great marathon weekend with you all again in 2021. Stay safe and stay positive minded.”