Series21 Dec 2015

Personal bests – Geoffrey Kamworor


Geoffrey Kamworor winning at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 2015 (© Getty Images)

World cross-country and half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is among the most versatile distance runners on the planet.

The world 10,000m silver medallist from Kenya took time out from training to chat about some of the best things in his life.

My best achievement

I’m proud of all the medals I have won, but I honestly think my biggest successes are still to come.

I am really looking forward to running the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics and then maybe the marathon at the Tokyo Games in 2020. To win an Olympic gold medal would be a dream for me. 

The best track or venue

If I make the Kenyan team, competing at the Olympic Games next year in Rio will be pretty special. But of all the stadiums I have competed in, my favourite is the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. It was large with a good number of spectators and the atmosphere was great.

My best friend in athletics

It is Eliud Kipchoge (the winner of the 2015 London and Berlin marathons). We have known each other for 10 years and I've trained with Eliud for five years, and he is always there for me. He talks to me about a range of subjects. He is happy to share his running experiences with me but he also offers advice outside of athletics.

The best piece of coaching advice

It is from my coach, Patrick Sang, who says “nothing is impossible”. He is very good at planning my training for a certain race and he always tells me the future  is bright, and I have more victories to come.

My biggest rival

I don’t have one particular athlete. All athletes are my rivals and I view all them all as a challenge, as I’m sure they do me too.

My greatest disappointment

I have been very lucky in that so far I’ve not had any great disappointments in my athletics career. I have never run a really bad race and I’ve never had any form of injury. I’ve always been healthy and I’ve always enjoyed my running.

The best athlete I have ever seen

I would say my training partner Eliud Kipchoge. He has won many great races but I see first-hand how hard he trains and how determined he is. His win in Berlin this year was very inspirational. I like to see him winning and I congratulated him on his win, and told him what great work he is doing. 

My best achievement outside of athletics

It is related a little bit to athletics as the thing I’m most proud of is my knowledge of running. I like to read stories on how to win, how to train and on teamwork. I like to expand my knowledge. I have read about the legends like Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat. They are very inspirational.

My greatest indulgence

It is running. I have done it for so many years and it is has given me so much in my life. It has also helped keep me fit and healthy.

Steve Landells for the IAAF