I’ll Soon Get There, Says Jelimo

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By Mutwiri Mutuota

“I want to tell Kenyans that I’m fine and they have nothing to worry about.”

That is the message Olympic 800m champion, Pamela Jelimo, sent out to her concerned compatriots after returning to the country from Eugene, Oregon where she lost for only the second time since she took up the distance.

“So far (this season), I have not achieved my goal and not competed at my best with the two results. I have gauged myself and I know what to do,” Jelimo told FeverPitch yesterday.

“I want to increase my mode of training to get endurance since my speed is okay. For now, my focus is only on the World Championships.

“I will avoid competing and work on getting my shape back for the trials but I’m happy with my self and my abilities,” she explained.

Jelimo, alongside other runners who featured at the Pre Fontaine Classic meeting in Oregon, returned to the country on Tuesday night.

Jelimo ran 2:05.57, almost ten seconds off her 1:54.01 World junior record and personal best, to finish last in the women’s two-lap race in Eugene.

Last month the athlete who won all 13 races over 800m she entered, including the Beijing Olympics, Africa Championships and World Athletics finals, was stunned to sixth (2:02.46) at the Mohammed IV meet in Rabat Morocco.

Speaking at the airport, Athletics Kenya (AK) officials, David Okeyo (general secretary) and Joseph Kinyua (treasurer) who witnessed the race said Jelimo should be withdrawn from competition to ready her for Berlin.

“The assigned pace makers went off too first and for the first lap, she was trying to catch up but when it came to the final lap, her body refused.

“She needs to work on her endurance and that can be only be achieved if she does not compete and focus on training,” Okeyo said.

“I’m sure she will be fit for the World Championships and we are not worried about her form,” the general secretary added.


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