Two-time world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor has revealed that Kenya and Uganda are forming a partnership geared towards dethroning multiple-Olympic champion Mo Farah in the 10,000m race at next month’s World Championships in London.
Kamworor said they will fight to reach the final alongside world half marathon silver medallist Bedan karoki, Olympic silver medallist Paul Tanui and Uganda’s former world junior champion Joshua Cheptegei, his training partner in Kaptagat.
“Team work will be crucial if we are to finally topple Mo, who has dominated the 5,000m and 10,000m races,” said Kamworor. “We are even planning to have Uganda’s Cheptegei on our side since he is in good shape and can be crucial in ensuring an East Africa wins the title,” said Kamworor.
He revealed that he feels in top shape heading to the biennial event having avoided serious competition since defending his world cross country title in Kampala, Uganda on March 26. “I am ready for the challenge ahead,” he said. “I feel it could be my year to finally win the gold medal since I have concentrated on my training for a long time while avoiding many competitions.”
The athlete, who trains at Kaptagat in Elgeyo Marakwet County, noted that they have never had quarrels with Karoki and Tanui when it comes to team tactics and feels that an improved strategy can help record good results at the worlds.
“It has always been healthy competition amongst ourselves and I am optimistic that we can achieve something good if we combine our efforts,” added Kamworor.
“I have never felt this good before and I believe my body is at a better position. I can only hope for the best. I have not featured in many races recently since I wanted to dedicate all my focus and energy to the worlds and I hope my the dedication pays off.”
On his part, the soft spoken Tanui said he has done his homework well and he is looking forward to a good show. “I have always given 100percent in my training in previous championships and the results in one way or the other have favoured me. Of course, winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games gives me an urge to even target higher at the World Championships. I am praying to God to give me the energy and endurance in the race,” said Tanui.
Japan-based Karoki echoed Kamworor sentiments saying teamwork will be key.
“Teamwork worked for us in Beijing and we will embrace it again in London. I understand Kamworor is talking with Cheptegei into our strategy and I feel it will be a good thing since he (Cheptegei) is in good shape,” said Karoki. “I haven’t run much on track. The trials were my first track event but I feel I am ready for London with my main focus being on the podium,” he added. The Kenyan trio are currently at the Team Kenya residential training camp at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani.