World Half Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kamworor will be targeting to take top honors at the 11th edition of the Bengaluru 10k Race that will be held on Sunday(27) in Bengaluru, India.
Kamworor who has not run on the road since winning the New York Marathon in November has established himself as one of the world’s leading distance runners in recent years, winning the last two world cross country and world half marathon titles.
The 25 year-old will face the defending champion Alex Korio, who also won this race in 2013 “I took some rest after Valencia and before starting my preparations towards Bengaluru.
“I have a very good coach in Patrick Sang who understands me and my requirements for the races that are about to happen. He makes sure that I prepare well for every race and for me, belief is my strongest factor. When there is a strong field, like here in the TCS World 10K, I have to make sure that I am in love with the race so that I can do my best.”,” Kamworor told the press on Saturday.
But Korio will give Kamworor a run for his money. The 27-year-old race defending champion was an impressive winner last year, beating a world-class field by 14 seconds.
He also reduced his half marathon best to 58:51 in Copenhagen later in the year.
He will come to the Indian race with a point to prove, however, after having to drop out in the world championship event in Valencia back in March.
In addition to Korio and Kamworor, who won here in 2012 and 2014, another two-time winner in Bengaluru to return for this year’s race is Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, who took the title in 2015 and 2016. Geremew is also the winner of Yangzhou Half-Marathon in China and the Dubai Marathon.
Kenyan born Abraham Cheroben of Bahrain who is the two times Valencia Half Marathon champion will also be on the battle line as he carries a personal best of 27:35 that he got at Utrecht in 2015.
Another title contender is Aron Kifle of Eritrea who is fresh from setting a personal best of 60:31 at Valencia when he took silver.