Disappointed with his third-place result at the TCS New York City Marathon earlier this month, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor told Kenya’s The Star he will defend his title at the World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March 2019.
Kamworor, the three-time world half-marathon champion and world silver medallist in the 10,000m as well as two-time back-to-back world cross-country champion, finished behind Lelisa Desisa in first place and Shura Kitata in second place in New York. His time was 2:06:26. Kamworor went into the race as the defending champion and was favoured to win. As he told The Star, “I did my best to defend my title but it did not happen as planned. I have to accept the results and focus on my future. My target is to defend my cross country title.”
The world cross-country championships take place every other year during odd-numbered years. Kamworor won his first title in China in 2015 and in Uganda in 2017. His world half-marathon titles came in Copenhagen in 2014, in Cardiff in 2016, and in Valencia this year. He turns 26 this week.
Canadian cross-country nationals were held in Kingston, Ont. on Saturday. Athletics Canada is expected to be announcing the Canadian team for worlds shortly.