World half marathon champ Kamworor injured in training accident

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NAIROBI, June 26 (Xinhua) -- World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is nursing head and knee injuries after he was hit by a motorcyclist in an accident in Eldoret on Thursday evening.

It was a double tragedy for the 27-year-old, who had just received news of the cancelation of the New York Marathon, a race he had intended to compete in and defend the gold medal he won in 2019.

However, keen to continue with his rigid training program, Kamworor was struck from behind by the motorcyclist. The impact saw him hit the road, sustaining the knee and head injury.

Sports medicine specialist Victor Bargoria, who treated Kamworor in Eldoret, confirmed on Friday the former World Cross Country champion suffered fractures to his right tibia, and had a bruised knee and a scalp laceration.

"He suffered soft tissue injuries and loose bone fragments. The procedure to treat him went well," Bargoria said from Eldoret.

Kamworor was training for the World Half Marathon set for October 17 in Gdynia, Poland, where he was due to defend his gold medal.

"I was doing my long run and was near my house when the incident happened," Kamworor said. Enditem

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