NAIROBI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- New York marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is not ruling out running on the track at the Tokyo Olympics.
Speaking in Nairobi on Monday, Kamworor rued the missed opportunity to win an Olympic gold medal back in Rio 2016 when he finished 11 clocking 27:31.94 in the 10,000m race.
Kamworor said he would prefer to run on the track in Tokyo in what he believes will offer him the best chance to secure the only medal missing from his illustrious collections.
"I might want to have a go on the track in Tokyo. It pains me that I still don't have an Olympic medal," he said.
Kamworor turned to marathon two years ago, winning the New York race in 2017 and 2019.
"The truth is if I was offered a chance to represent Kenya at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, certainly I will not turn it down. It is an honor to run for Kenya at international competitions, especially the Olympic Games. If it is in marathon, then I will not turn it down to competitively team up with the greatest marathoner of all time," said Kamworor.
With over 500 runners, especially in marathon, there is no dearth in talent for Kenya to pick the best three to compete at the Olympics.
Defending champion Eliud Kipchoge has put up his hand ready to retain his title should he be considered.
Kipchoge has run 14 marathons and has won 13, losing only once to compatriot Wilson Kipsang. Kipchoge and Kamworor are training mates and their partnership would certainly be good for the country.
"I could not have asked for a better friend in a training partner. You have to be flattered when a person of Kipchoge's caliber holds you in high esteem and train together day after day," said Kamworor.
Kipchoge ran a record 2:01:39 in Berlin last year, while Kamworor shattered the half marathon mark in Copenhagen, Denmark in September when he clocked 58.01.
Kipchoge also ran in Vienna, the fastest race by any human attaining his goal to write history as the first person to run the marathon in under two hours. He clocked 1:59.40 at the INEOS Challenge.
Kipchoge has said his management will select one race for him prior to the Olympic Games to see how sharp he is.
Kenya first won the Olympic gold medal through the late Samuel Wanjiru in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
However, Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich won in London 2012 before Kipchoge retook the title in Rio 2016.