Your are here  » Home   » Athletics

Inspired Jelimo ready to star at London Games

GILBERT WANDERA

Updated Friday, June 29th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3

By GILBERT WANDERA

After winning in her speciality during the Olympic trials last week, Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo says she is ready to defend her title in London next month.

Jelimo oozed confidence saying she has recovered her form, which enabled her win the IAAF Golden League Jackpot four years ago.

She declared that she does not fear anyone and has the confidence to beat anyone after a three year absence.

“I feel great just like I did four years ago and going to the Olympic as a champions means only one thing, I must defend my  gold,”

“There is no athlete whom I can say that I’m worried about because I do not concern myself with what others are doing. I run my own race. I feel great,” she said.

Jelimo said her speed was great after she stormed the 800m finals in last Saturday’s trials at Nyayo National Stadium though she feels the pace was a little bit low.

“I had intended to race under 1:57 but the other runners slowed down the race,” she said.

After emerging from obscurity having struggled with injury for three years, Jelimo has finally hit the acceleration pedal winning the World Indoor Championships in Turkey, and picking the top spot in Doha, Qatar and Ostrava, Czech Republic in the Diamond League.

She however failed to win in Rome when Ethiopia’s Fantu Magiso emerged from her shadow to deep in for the victory in 1:57.56.  Jelimo though still holds the world lead time of 1:56.94, posted in Doha when she beat Magiso.

The loss forced, Jelimo to take part in the 400m race during the national trials where she wanted to build her speed prior to the Olympic trials.

The Africa record holder (1:54.01) has a 52.68 personal best time in the one lap race. Jelimo will return to the international circuit in Paris on July 6 and wound up her  build up in Monaco on July 20 before heading to London for the Olympics, which start on July 27, though the track and field competition start on August 3

GO TO PAGE 1 2 Next »

Next Story »

More Stories
See More »

  • THIRD BITE AT THE CHERRY: Keitany seeks fast times in Sunday's London Marathon

    Mary Keitany will be seeking a rare hat-trick when she lines up at the 35th Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.
    Read More »
  • Kenya's Rotich wins women's Boston Marathon

    Kenyan runner Caroline Rotich won the women's race at the Boston Marathon on Monday with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds.
    Read More »
  • Jubilee Government’s pride costing us lives

    n after Garrisa University attack, reports that Kenya had been warned  prior to the massacre by  Australia, Britain and even Iran among others made headlines. Nothing significant was done in line with this actionable intelligence. Again there is a strong feeling Kenya chose to ignore with President Uhuru Kenyatta rubishing travel advisories by Britain a few hours before innocent students were brutally
    Read More »
  • Think like a terrorist, act like a government

    are tired of watching our leaders constantly passing the buck, yet we elected them to represent us. NIS claims that the security forces ignore their reports. The security forces claim that they were not alerted. The Cabinet Secretary in charge of Defence remains silent. The Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Coordination of National Government cooks up a hilarious script. Even a toddler can figure out that something’s not right. You don’t need a degree to realize that the power struggle within our security forces is the real terrorist danger to all of us.  Yet, we’re treated to empty rhetoric and improbable statements; as if Kenyans can’t see through the smokescreen. This is the Information Era and people are more enlightened than 20 years ago. It’s time for the leadership to re-invent their propaganda
    Read More »
  • EYES ON TITLE: Athletics stars to follow Boston action in Kapsabet

    Nandi County, they say, is the ‘Source of Champions’. Almost every world beater in athletics – from the legendary Kipchoge Keino to Janeth Jepkosgei – calls this part of the country home.
    Read More »
  • Chepseba shines in 5000m at Nakuru Safaricom AK series

    The 2011 Diamond League series winner Nickson Chepseba of Kenya Police easily beat other athletes in the 5,000m race on the final day of the Safaricom Athletics Series at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.
    Read More »
  • TWO-TIME LUCKY FOR EDNA? Kiplagat aims second stab at London Marathon

    Edna Ng’eringwony Kiplagat enjoys a rare and unique athletics lifestyle — a mix of cultural blend and befitting topographical setting.
    Read More »
  • Tum, Chelangat target Rabat Marathon title

    Kenya’s Stephen Tum, a two-time winner of the Marrakech Marathon, will be the athlete to beat in the inaugural Rabat International Marathon tomorrow.
    Read More »
  • Exam cheating is the seed of corruption and insecurity in Kenya

    Exam cheating has increased to disturbing levels. It is one of the seeds of the grand corruption and worrying insecurity and other ills we are suffering of individually and corporately. Educational institutions and personnel are at the heart of this vice.
    Read More »
  • The missing links in Kenya’s hostage rescue operations

    n al Shabaab took several students hostages at Garissa University College, the hope was that it would not turn out like Westgate Rescue effort that left over 60 people dead. It is alleged that the Westgate rescue mission was mishandled and burgled by the Kenya Defence Forces that took the command of the operation from the police. Even though Kenya police officers had corned the Westgate attackers on one side of the building, it’s believed that they were ordered out of the command by the military – leading to lose of direction and tussle. In the process, a member of Special Unit in the Kenya Police Service, The Recce Squad was shot dead. The military personnel were also blamed for allegedly looting from the Westgate
    Read More »

Find us on Social Media

Popular Sports

Popular News

Sports Videos