World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is aiming to equal compatriot John Kagwe’s record of successive New York Marathon wins on November 4th.
A win for the 25 year old, Kamworor, will put him at par with Kagwe who holds a 20-year record as the only athlete to have won the New York Marathon in successive years.
Kagwe had back-to-back wins at the New York City Marathon from 1997 to 1998. He set his lifetime best of 2:08:12 hours as part of his first victory there.
It will be Kamworor’s third show in New York marathon (known as the Big Apple race), having made his debut in 2015 winning silver behind compatriot Stanley Biwott.
Kamworor says he is still hungry to take another bite at the ‘Big Apple’ when he lines up to defend his New York marathon title.
The New York marathon title holder has a glittering career by winning three World Half marathons, two cross country gold medals and dominated the track competition which would inspire in propelling him for top honours.
“Running at New York is like running at home. The New York is my favorite race and is like running at home. The course is not a challenge for me. It is similar to the terrain I train on in Kaptagat,” Kamwaror said.
This year, Kamworor started off with victory in Valencia in the IAAF World Half Marathon to become the second man after Eritrea’s Zersanay Tedese to win three titles of the championship in a row.