Geoffrey Kamworor is the man with the golden touch. In a glittering career the man from Keiyo has snared global titles on the road and in cross country and also established himself as a marathon star in the making.
Persuaded to start running by his schoolteacher, Geoffrey enjoyed his first season on the international circuit in 2010 aged just 17 and the following year first made a significant impact on the global stage by winning the U20 race by six seconds at the World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria.
Geoffrey was soon to excel on the road and aged just 19 recorded a scintillating 59:26 half-marathon clocking in Den Haag before later that year finishing third on his marathon debut in Berlin (2:06:12).
In 2013 the Kenyan posted a half-marathon PB of 58:54 in the prestigious RAK event and the following year secured his first senior global crown with a 13-second victory at the World Half-Marathon Championship in Copenhagen.
The multi-talented Kenyan enjoyed more success in 2015 winning the World Cross Country title in Guiyang before later that year pushing Mo Farah every inch of the way to claim 10,000m silver at the World Championships in Beijing. He ended a hugely successful year by finishing second in the New York Marathon.
Geoffrey further revealed his incredible versatility by recovering from a fall to retain his World Half-Marathon title in Cardiff in 2016, recording a slick 59:10.
In 2017 the versatile Kenyan retained his World Cross Country title in Kampala and recovered from a disappointing sixth place finish in the 10,000m at the World Championships to win the New York Marathon in 2:10:53 in a tight tussle from his countryman Wilson Kipsang.
Earlier in 2018, Geoffrey romped clear of the field in the final 6km to secure a hat-trick of World Half Marathon titles in Valencia, recording 60:02. In his most recent outing, Geoffrey earned a podium spot for third (2:06:26) in the New York City Marathon.
Did You Know?
Geoffrey was the subject of a documentary named The Unknown Runner by a production company called A Cow Says Moo on the road to his first marathon.