Gold medalist Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya (C), Silver medalist Bedan Karoki Muchiri of Kenya (L) and Bronze medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain (R) pose for a photo after winning the Men's half marathon during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)

Kenyan reigning World cross-country champion, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, won the men’s race at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday March 26, 2016.

weathered a fall at the start and then staged a brilliant recovery in heavy rains to retain his world half marathon title in 59:10, two seconds slower than he was in Copenhagen in 2014.

The Kenyan thus became the first runner to win back-to-back titles since in 2009, but missing the championship record of 58:59 held by the Eritrean.

Kamworor’s compatriot clocked 59:36 to take the silver medal while Briton Mohammed Farah managed to edge Ethiopian for bronze, with both men timed at 59:59.

Ethiopia’s finished in fifth place in a personal best time of 1:00.06 while Simon Cheprot of Kenya clocked 1:00:12 in sixth.

“It was really tough after that fall to catch up but I fought hard,” said Kamworor about his fall at the start of the race. “I am very happy to win again. It puts me in a good place for the 10,000m in Rio.”

Men's team medallists during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)

Men’s team medallists during the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships on March 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for IAAF)

Kenya regained the men’s team title ahead of the Ethiopia, while defending champions Eritrea – weakened by the absence of star names such as Zersenay Tadese, Samuel Tsegay and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie – settled for bronze.

Results

Cardiff 2016 Men Race Results

Cardiff 2016 Men Team Results