Just some few hours to the Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony Team Kenya’s Geoffrey Kimworor has been ruled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by an injury on Thursday.
The 2015 World 10,000m silver medallist was involved in a road accident last year in Eldoret before making a full recovery to win the Kenyan trials for Tokyo Olympics is said to have aggravated the ankle injury he suffered in the crash.
Reports have it that Kimworor has already undergone tests at St Lukes Orthopaedic and Trauma Hospital in Eldoret with the results effectively locking him out of the Tokyo Games.
Through an interview last month after the Olympic trials at Kasarani Stadium, he was hopeful that he’s going to harder for better results in Olympics and all he needed was Olympics Games medal.
“The only thing I am missing in my trophy cabinet is the Olympics Games medal and I will work hard to get it,” Kamworor said at the time, before admitting that it will be a tall order. “But we shall plan well in the next few weeks…we definitely must come up with a strategy.”
Kamworor had ignored the challenge from National Cross Country champion Rogers Kwemoi to win the men’s 10,000 metres race at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani where they exchanged leads in the last seven laps before Kamworor pulled away to win in 27 minutes and 01.06 seconds.
Kwemoi finished in second position in 27:05.51 making the finish in the first positions something that saw them qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
He won his first world marathon major at the 2017 New York City Marathon. Kamworor again won the New York City Marathon in 2019.
He is the former half marathon world record holder, having won the copehagen half marathon with a time of 58:01, on Sunday, 15 September 2019.
Kamworor’s world record time was bettered by each of Kibiwot Kandie, Jacob Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto and Alaxender Mutiso at the 2020 Valencia Half Marathon and Kandie will be the new half marathon world record holder, pending ratification.
According to a source at Team Kenya’s camp, Athletics Kenya’s technical team is expected to decide on whom to fill the gap left by Kamworor.
The 10,000m final race shall be held on July 30 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, on the first day of the athletics programme.
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