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Kamworor retains World Half Marathon title at Cardiff 2016

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor won the men’s race at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday March 26.

Gold medalist Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya (C), Silver medalist Bedan Karoki Muchiri of Kenya (L) and Bronze medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain (R) pose for a photo after winning the Men's half marathon during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)
Gold medalist Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya (C), Silver medalist Bedan Karoki Muchiri of Kenya (L) and Bronze medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain (R) pose for a photo after winning the Men's half marathon during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)

Kenyan reigning World cross-country champion, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, won the men’s race at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday March 26, 2016.

[link id=”825″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Geoffrey Kamworor”] weathered a fall at the start and then staged a brilliant recovery in heavy rains to retain his world half marathon title in 59:10, two seconds slower than he was in Copenhagen in 2014.

The Kenyan thus became the first runner to win back-to-back titles since [link id=”401″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Zersenay Tadese”] in 2009, but missing the championship record of 58:59 held by the Eritrean.

Kamworor’s compatriot [link id=”911″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Bedan Karoki”] clocked 59:36 to take the silver medal while Briton Mohammed Farah managed to edge Ethiopian[link id=”912″ tax=”post_tag” text=” Abayneh Ayele”] for bronze, with both men timed at 59:59.

Ethiopia’s [link id=”864″ tax=”post_tag” text=”Tamirat Tola”] finished in fifth place in a personal best time of 1:00.06 while Simon Cheprot of Kenya clocked 1:00:12 in sixth.

“It was really tough after that fall to catch up but I fought hard,” said Kamworor about his fall at the start of the race. “I am very happy to win again. It puts me in a good place for the 10,000m in Rio.”

Men's team medallists during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)

Men’s team medallists during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)

[link id=”81″ tax=”category” text=”Kenya “]regained the men’s team title ahead of the [link id=”82″ tax=”category” text=”Ethiopia”], while defending champions [link id=”106″ tax=”category” text=”Eritrea”] – weakened by the absence of star names such as Zersenay Tadese, Samuel Tsegay and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie – settled for bronze.

Results

Cardiff 2016 Men Race Results

Cardiff 2016 Men Team Results

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