March 26, 2016

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Geoffrey Kamworor fell on the starting line of the world half marathon championships but got back up to successfully defend his title in record time on Saturday, with Mo Farah coming third.

Kamworor, beaten by Farah in the 10,000 at the worlds in Beijing last year, set a championship record of 59 minutes, 10 seconds, despite bruised and bloodied knees from his fall.

Double Olympic champion Farah called the race ''part of my journey to Rio,'' where the Briton will defend his 5,000 and 10,000 titles.

The Kenyan duo of Kamworor and Bedan Karoki set a very quick pace which saw them pull clear of Farah, whose trademark sprint finish in torrential rain earned him bronze in 59:59, the fastest by a European this year.

Karoki clocked 59:36 in second.

''With great support from the home crowd it would have been nice to come away with a win, but a better athlete won on the day,'' Farah said. ''The guys were strong, they went for it, and I just couldn't quite go with it. It was an incredible pace.''

Kenya swept the women's race.

Peres Jepchirchir claimed gold in 1:07:31, Cynthia Limo was second in 1:07:34, and Mary Wacera Ngugi took bronze in 1:07:54.

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