World X-Country Champs: Daniel Simiu eyes podium finish after studying Kamworor

ATHLETICS World X-Country Champs: Daniel Simiu eyes podium finish after studying Kamworor

Abigael Wafula • 09:01 - 16.02.2023

In the senior race, Simiu and Kamworor will be joined by compatriots Kandie, Sawe, Nicholas Kimeli, and Emmanuel Kiprop.

Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medallist Daniel Simiu is elated to be making his debut at Saturday’s World Cross-country championships in Bathurst, Australia alongside Geoffrey Kamworor.

Simiu noted that the three-time World Cross-country champion Kamworor does not come out as competition but as a role model to him.

He added that he hopes they will work together and hopefully finish at the podium.

“I want to follow in his steps…watching his (Kamworor’s) cross-country videos is a really huge motivation as I make my debut on the global stage.

Competing with him is such an honour. I hope we shall work together and bring something good home,” Simiu told Pulse Sports.

Finishing the race at the National Cross-country championships held on December 10, 2022 came as a surprise for Simiu as he had never been a finalist in the cross-country.

He placed second in the men’s senior race (28:29) after Sebastian Sawe who ran away with the first position in 28:23. Former World half marathon record holder Kibiwott Kandie settled for third in 28:31.

He expressed his gratitude to have made Team Kenya for the first time and promised to work hard and perform well.

“It was the best feeling to finish the race and make it to the national team. During the previous editions, I had never been able to finish.

I’m very much excited to be racing in Australia. I want to work hard and I believe I will perform well. I know if I invest my energy in the race, I will be rewarded,” he said.

He also noted that the training went on well and the team is ready for the challenge. 

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