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Kamworor of Kenya defends Senior men title

Kamworor of Kenya defends Senior men title

KAMPALA - Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor successfully defended his World Senior men's title on Sunday.

Initially, Uganda's Stephen Kissa rubbed shoulders with the likes of Vincent Rono of Kenya and USA's Stanely Kebenei in the leading group early into the race.

Kissa's fellow countryman Joshua Cheptegei followed close behind alongside defending champion Kamworor.

Cheptegei, a cross country champion, breezed into the lead mid-way through the race. It turned into a two-man affair at the very front as Cheptegei gave title-holder Kamworor a run for his money.

Ethiopia's Bonsa Dida was a distant third at this point.

The home crowd was given more reason to turn up their volume as Cheptegei broke further away from Kamworor, with some three kilometers left to run.

Then came the final lap. The disastrous final lap for the Ugandan! First, he appeared he was going for it, before a resolute Kamworor  overtook him.

Tables turned suddenly as Uganda's second gold hopeful tired ever and ever. His legs gave way and became rubbery, surrendering what should have been a historic achievement for him.

Kamworor eventually finished first to defend his title. Another Kenyan, Leonard Barsoton, took silver while Ethiopia's Abadi Hadis took bronze.

It will be a day to forget for Cheptegei, who will surely question his strategy.