By John Kwoba

Defending champion Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor will team up with Bedan Karoki in their bid to sweep the medal table the event, but will have to contend with Britain’s Mo Farah, the man who has dominated the long distance running.

marathon “It is good that we will be meeting with Farah again,” Kamworor said on Wednesday from Eldoret.

“I had a good plan for the World Championships in Beijing, but we missed out in the last stages and I hope we have what it takes to cover up.”

Kamworor is leading Kenya team which also has Karoki, Edwin Kiptoo and Jonathan Maiyo. Renowned marathon champion Catherine Ndereba will be the team coach. She will be assisted by Kenneth Tanui.

Kamworor said they will come up with a new trick that will ensure their rivals burn out. Kenya team will depart next week for Cardiff.

“Kenya has always done well in this competition and we look forward to doing just that. But everyone will be out to beat us and that is why we have named a strong squad, capable of weathering any kind of opposition. They have competed in their individual capacity in big city marathons and proved their point,” said Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya President.

But though Kenya has maintained a strong grip on the event, the decision by Farah to debut in the 21km distance will certainly change the equation. Farah leads a 10-strong British team for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff.

“I am looking forward to running on the British team in Cardiff. It will be my first time to compete at this Championship but I have been training hard and hope to perform well,” Farah said.

Farah is joined on the men’s team by Dewi Griffiths, Callum Hawkins, Matty Hynes and Ryan McLeod. Former European XC champion Gemma Steel is the standout name in the women’s team. Also named are Alyson Dixon, Charlotte Purdue, Jenny Spink and Rachel Fenton. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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