Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor

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Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor
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Personal information
National teamKenya
Born (1992-11-22) November 22, 1992 (age 26)
SportSport of athletics
Event(s)5000 m, 10,000 m, Half marathon, Marathon
TeamNN Running Team

Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (born 22 November 1992) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in cross country, marathon, and half marathon races. He was the 2011 World Junior Cross Country Champion. Kipsang won the World Half marathon championships 3 times in a row from 2014-2018. In the World Cross Country championships he won in 2015 and 2017.[1][2]

He won his first World Marathon major the 2017 New York City Marathon.


Geoffrey was raised in the village of Chepkorio in Kenya's Rift Valley Province,[3] he first competed abroad in 2010, when he travelled to Finland and set track bests of 3:48.15 minutes for the 1500 metres and 7:54.15 minutes over 3000 metres.[4] The following year he took to the Kenya cross country circuit and won at the Discovery Kenya Cross Country in Eldoret, defeating Essa Ismail Rashed.[5] At the Kenyan Cross Country Championships a month later, he ran in the junior section and finished in fourth, which was enough to earn him a place on the team for the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[6] The world competition proved to be a pivotal moment for Kipsang's career, although it was his teammate Isiah Kiplangat Koech who was the pre-race favourite. The Kenyans were not given any team instructions and Kipsang reacted by taking the lead immediately with a very fast start. He never slipped out of the lead and out ran the field on the final lap to take the world junior title.[3]

A month after his cross country victory, he entered the Berlin Half Marathon and won in a time of 1:00:38 hours.[7] In June he competed in the 2011 IAAF Diamond League circuit: he set a 5000 metres best of 13:12.23 minutes at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York, then improved his 10,000 metres time to 27:06.35 minutes at the Prefontaine Classic.[4] He knocked over half a minute off his half marathon best to win the Lille Half Marathon that September.[8] Kipsang was employed as a pacemaker for the 2011 Berlin Marathon and his work resulted in a new world record for Patrick Makau.[9] In his final outing of the year he ended the Delhi Half Marathon as runner-up to Lelisa Desisa after a sprint finish,[10] although his time of 59:31 minutes made him the seventh fastest over the distance that year.[11]

Kipsang marked his entrance into the senior cross country ranks with a win at the 2012 Cross Internacional de Itálica in Seville.[12][13] He was the runner-up at the Elgoibar Cross Country behind Paul Tanui the following week.[14] He set a half marathon best at the CPC Loop Den Haag in March, recording a time of 59:26 minutes for fourth place in a high calibre competition.[15] He was enlisted to pace the Rotterdam Marathon and led the runners quicker than the world record pace up to 30 km.[16] He won the World 10K Bangalore title, beating a large field of prominent runners.[17] His marathon debut, not as a pacemaker, came in September, where he ran a fast time of 2:06:12 hours to claim third place at the 2012 Berlin Marathon.[18]

In the 2013 season he ran a series of half and full marathons. He won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon with a time of 58:54, a new personal best and just two seconds outside the course record.[19] He was the winner of the Bogotá Half Marathon in July and was runner-up to Atsedu Tsegay at the Delhi Half Marathon.[20][21] He placed fourth at the Rotterdam Marathon (2:09:12 hours) and his best performance that year was a run of 2:06:26 hours for third at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.[22]

He won the 2017 New York City Marathon with a time of 2:10:53. He beat fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang, who placed second, just three seconds behind him.[23]

In 2018 he won his third straight half marathon world championship in Valencia in 1:00:02.[24] Also in 2018 Kworor placed third in the 2018 New York City Marathon with a time of 2:06:26 behind the first and second place Ethiopian runners Lelisa Desisa and Shura Kitata. Kworor's time in this competition was just over a tenth of a second off his personal best at this race distance.[25]

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  1. ^ "World Cross Guiyang senior men Kamworor |". Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Senior Race Result | IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 |". Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b Minshull, Phil (20 March 2011). "Kipsang upsets the odds – Men's Junior Race Report – Punta Umbria 2011". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b Kipsang Geoffrey. IAAF Diamond League. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  5. ^ Macharia, David (24 January 2011). "Jepleting and Kipsang take Discovery Kenya XC titles in Eldoret". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  6. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (19 February 2011). "Mutai and Masai take hard fought wins in Nairobi; reigning World champs Ebuya and Chebet won't defend". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  7. ^ Wenig, Jörg (3 April 2011). "Teenagers triumph at Berlin Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  8. ^ Civai, Franco & Lefeuvre, Thierry (6 September 2011). Lille Métropole Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  9. ^ Robinson, Roger (21 September 2011). "The Great Berlin Time Trial". Running Times. Runner's World. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  10. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (27 November 2011). "In close races, Desisa and Kabuu prevail in New Delhi Half". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Men's Half Marathon 2011". IAAF. 3 January 2012. Archived from the original on 31 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Kamworor wins half marathon gold as Kenya dominates". 27 March 2016.
  13. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (15 January 2012). "Kipsang and Masai reign in rainy Seville". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  14. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (22 January 2012). "Tanui and Wude Yimer take the spoils at Elgoibar Cross Country". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  15. ^ van Hemert, Wim (12 March 2012). "Five runners under 60 minutes in The Hague". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  16. ^ van Hemert, Wim (15 April 2012). "Spectacular double Ethiopian success brings home 2:04 and 2:18 victories in Rotterdam". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  17. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (27 May 2012). "Kipsang and Kiprop lead Kenyan double podium sweep in Bangalore". IAAF. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  18. ^ Butcher, Pat (30 September 2012). "Close victory for Mutai but more straightforward for Kebede in Berlin – REPORT". IAAF. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  19. ^ Williamson, Norrie (15 February 2013). "Kabuu and Kipsang triumph in high-quality races at Ras al-Khaimah Half". IAAF. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  20. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (28 July 2013). "Kipsang and Jeptoo win in Bogota". IAAF. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  21. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (15 February 2013). "Tsegay breaks course record at Delhi Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  22. ^ Butcher, Pat (29 September 2013). "Kipsang sets World record of 2:03:23 at Berlin Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  23. ^ "USA's Shalane Flanagan, Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor, and Switzerland's Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär Win 2017 TCS New York City Marathon". The Run On. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  24. ^ "IAAF: Half Marathon Result | IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 |". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  25. ^
  26. ^ "IAAF: Geoffrey KAMWOROR | Profile". Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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