29 September 2020, 11am
World Half Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) will not defend his title – held since the 2014 race in Copenhagen – at the upcoming world championships in Gdynia (POL) on 17 October.
He suffered a traffic accident back in June from which he has not yet regained full fitness.
Joshua Cheptegai and Jacob Kiplimo spearhead a Ugandan team that could capitalise on Kamworor’s absence from the Kenyan squad. Both have shown impressive form this year. For Cheptegai it would be his debut at the distance.
Japan, USA, Australia and New Zealand have cancelled their participation in the championships because of the coronavirus.