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Komon Poised To Win Kenyan XC Crown

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 18, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM UTC

All eyes are on road-racing ace Leonard Komon.

The world’s most competitive cross-country race, the Kenyan National Cross Country Championships, is set to kick off this weekend. In an article posted on the Daily Nation’s Web site, the “dark horse” favorite in the men’s 12K race is Leonard Komon.

Komon is the 10K and 15K world record holder on the roads. In the past two World Cross-Country championships, he’s placed fourth overall.

“I just want to concentrate on the current assignments. The past record will count for nothing if I fail to do well in the national trials,” he said. Despite his success, Komon, 22 years old, has struggled with a persistent groin injury that he sustained at the 2008 World Cross Country Championships in Scotland.

“Now it has cleared,” Komon said, referencing the injury. “I am better and feel stronger. I have been struggling all along but thanks to God during that time I was able to finish second twice in cross country.”

The race will be held in Kenya’s Uhuru Gardens on Saturday.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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