In Summary
  • Last weekend, world champion Geoffrey Kamworor completed a hat-trick of victories at Athletics Kenya’s Lotto-sponsored National Cross Country Championships at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.
  • The victory cemented the 25-year-old policeman’s status as the world’s greatest distance running all-rounder, coming just three months after his triumph at the New York Marathon.
  • Coupled with his prowess in the 10,000 metres on the track, the Kaptagat-based athlete is unquestionably the “master of all surfaces.”

Last weekend, world champion Geoffrey Kamworor completed a hat-trick of victories at Athletics Kenya’s Lotto-sponsored National Cross Country Championships at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.

The victory cemented the 25-year-old policeman’s status as the world’s greatest distance running all-rounder, coming just three months after his triumph at the New York Marathon.

Coupled with his prowess in the 10,000 metres on the track, the Kaptagat-based athlete is unquestionably the “master of all surfaces.”

But shortly after crossing the finish line on Saturday, Kamworor threw a tantrum, visibly angered by the fact that for all his triumphs in National Police Service colours, his seniors at Vigilance House have seen no reason to elevate him from the rank of corporal.

Some observers thought Kamworor’s approach was disrespectful, while others felt he deserved more recognition from the office of the Inspector General.

My take: Kamworor deserves to move up the ranks! After all, several policemen and women have been elevated by a wave of the swagger stick for lesser achievements.

Rewarding Kamworor will increase his thirst for more success for the Police team besides motivating other sportsmen and women in the force.

On the other hand, Kamworor’s rant also brought to fore the dilapidating effects of the monotony of the National Cross Country Championships.

I could feel a heightened sense of déjà vu while crisscrossing the challenging Uhuru Gardens course to follow the races on Saturday. Over the years, the national championships have been the same old boring affair:

Starter’s gun, race after race, trophy presentation and departures! Nothing innovative.

After last year’s championships, I proposed that Athletics Kenya (AK) changes tack and makes an attempt at innovation to endear the event more to new publics, especially the younger, ‘slay queen’ and ‘odi dance’ generation. However, it was the same old affair at Uhuru Gardens on Saturday. Boring stuff!

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