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Three-time world half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor was struck by a motorcycle while out training on Thursday. He was hit from behind, however, the cyclist stopped to help Kamworor out.
He underwent surgery in Eldoret on Friday for injuries.
According to the Daily Nation, Kamworor, 27, sustained injuries to his head and ankle. He suffered a right tibia shaft fracture, bruising and a scalp laceration.
“It’s nothing very clear yet, but certainly not life-threatening,” said Jos Hermens, Director of Global Sports Communications, the management firm that represents Kamworor, in an email to World Athletics.
“I was one kilometre away from my home during my morning run when a speeding motorcycle hit me from behind and I fell down injuring my leg,” Kamworor told the Daily Nation.
Kamworwor has run the half-marathon as fast as 58:01, which is the current world record. He also owns personal bests of 12:59.98 for the 5,000-metre event, 26:52.65 in the 10,000m and completed the Berlin Marathon in 2012 in the time of 2:06:12.
He is an eight-time World Cross Country Championships medallist, including earning four golds. He owns four World Half Marathon titles and won the New York City Marathon in 2017 and 2019, while finishing second in 2015 and third in 2018.