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‘Man of All Surfaces’ Kamworor dares to dream again in New York

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Three-time World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is heading to New York City Marathon where he is eyeing a comeback on Sunday in the United States of America.

The athlete, who is also the World Half Marathon record holder, managed third position in last year’s NYC Marathon in a race won by Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa. Another Ethiopian Shura Kitata was second.

Kamworor told Nation Sport that he has done adequate training and he is expecting a good race on Sunday. He wants to win back the title he won in 2017.

“I have had an injury-free training. Despite a lot of rains, we managed to finish the programme,” said the athlete, who has been nicknamed ‘the man of all surfaces’.

World Half Marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor (left), Augustine Choge (third left) and other athletes jog outside Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, as they left for a training session on October 28, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA |NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kamworor also said that he gauged his performance when he participated in the Copenhagen Half Marathon where he broke the world record after timing 58:01.

“I was using the Copenhagen race in September as part of my training and I was happy to have broken the world record. When I came back, I went on to finish my training programme. I’m ready to tackle my competitors on Sunday,” said Kamworor.

The athlete shelved his track ambitions, skipping the World Athletics Championships held in Doha, Qatar, early this month to concentrate on the big race. NYC is the last in the major marathons series this year.

“Winning in 2017 was the sweetest thing that happened to me and this year I decided to concentrate on my training for the marathon despite winning in the national trials. New York has been my best and I will be very happy to compete again in the race though it will be tough,” he said.

Kamworor said that he is looking up to his mentor, marathon World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who has always inspired him to do better in the races he participates in.

“Kipchoge has always inspired me because we train together. He has always encouraged me to do my best so that I can become one of the best athletes. That is what I’m doing,” said the athlete, who trains under the Global Sports Communications stable.

Concerning the Olympics Games, Kamworor is not sure if he will represent the country in the 10,000m race or the marathon.

He started the season with a bronze medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in the 10km race behind Ugandans Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo who bagged gold and silver respectively.

Later in May, Kamworor broke the course record in the Grand Prix de Berne 10 miles in Switzerland.

Last month, he lined up for Copenhagen Half Marathon race in Denmark where he ran the fastest time over the distance. He broke the record previously held by Abraham Kiptum of 58:18. Kiptum has since been suspended over a doping violation.

Kamworor will be competing against the defending champion, Desisa, who clocked 2:04:45 to win the race, and Kitata (2:04:49) among other athletes.

In the women’s race Kenya will be represented by the defending champion Mary Keitany, former World Half Marathon silver medallist Mary Ngugi, Nancy Kiprop and world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei, who will be making her debut.

Date of Birth: November 22, 1992

Residence: Kapchorwa District, Kenya

Personal Best: 2:06:12, Berlin, Germany, 2012

New York City Marathon History: 2018: 3rd, 2:06:26; 2017: 1st, 2:10:53; 2015: 2nd, 2:10:48

Geoffrey Kamworor claimed his first marathon victory in 2017 when he held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang down the final stretch in Central Park to win the TCS New York City Marathon.

The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon runner-up separated himself from the field with a 4:31 penultimate mile to finish in 2:10:53. He returned to New York in 2018 to take third with the fifth-fastest time ever on the five-borough course.

by nation.co.ke


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Ruth Matete seeks help as she marks first wedding anniversary minus hubby

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete penned a moving message to her newborn daughter as she marked her first wedding anniversary but without her husband Beloved John Apewajoye who died this year.

 The Tusker Project Fame 5 winner welcomed her bundle of joy in October, seven months after the tragic death of her husband.

In a lengthy Instagram post, in which she also attached a photo of her daughter, Reyna Toluwa’s feet, Matete prayed that her daughter would grow up to serve the Lord.

“Reyna Toluwa my princess. My love. Am not a poet, but the words I write here, are from my heart. I pray for you on this special day. That you will grow to serve the Lord. You will spread the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” Matete wrote.

She also declared that Reyna’s feet will carry the good news.

“As the Bible says; ‘And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?’ As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ I declare today, that your feet are beautiful. Not just because they look like your father’s, but also because they will bring good news as the word of God declares,” she added.

 Matete remembered the vows she made on her wedding day, ‘till death do us part’ but she emotionally noted that death took her beloved husband earlier than expected.

“A day like this a year ago, your late father and I walked down the isle. Yes, we didPromised to be together till death do us part. But death came earlier than we expected.  I miss him so much. But am blessed to have you as a gift that he left me with. I don’t even understand how I’ve come this far. It can only be God,” she posted.

Even though it was one of those difficulty days in her life, Matete promised her daughter she would be fine eventually.

“Today may not be such an easy day for mummy. But I promise you, I’ll be fine. I have seen God to be the father to the fatherless and husband to the widow as He has promised in His word. Today won’t be an exception. I know He will help us even today,”  Matete said in the post.

 She ended her emotional message by asking for monetary support as she could not yet manage to resume work after a troublesome pregnancy.

“Friends, our till number remains the same, incase you wish to support us.5495849. Whatever you can, will go a mighty long way as am still not able to work. God bless you friends and please keep us in your prayers,” she added.

By NN


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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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