Jelimo looks to bounce back in fourth AK track meeting

Apr 25, 2011

Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo will be looking for her first win at the fourth Athletics Kenya/ National Bank weekend track meeting in Mumias this weekend, since clinching the IAAF million-dollar jackpot in September 2008.

Jelimo has since struggled in a series of races locally and abroad and will be hoping that she can bounce back in Mumias as she looks to gain her form for the national trials for the World championships in Korea.

"She is back and focused and I will not be surprised to see her back at the top,”said her Manager Barnabas Korir. 

Jelimo who is scheduled to run in the 800m,did not go past the heats of the 200 and 1500m races during the second AK/ National Bank meeting in Narok. 

In Mumias, She will be up against Cuban Yusueysis Sautiusti from the IOC High Performance Centre in Eldoret who won the Kisii meeting.

Others expected to push here will be Uganda's Annette Negesa and Viola Kibiwott, who finished second and third respectively during the last meeting in Kisii. The Cuban posted an impressive 2:03 to set pace for those who want to make the Kenya team in the event. 

Apart from the 800m, the focus will be on the sprints as Western is the hub of most Kenyan sprinters.The women's 200m is expected to be interesting with Grace Kidake bidding to impress the home fans.

She however faces stiff competition from Milka Ndoro, who won the event in Kisii.  Maureen Cherono and Agnes Aneno will be the other athletes to watch in the event. 

According to AK Western branch chairman Henry Alukhaba, a number of Ugandan runners have confirmed participation for the meeting." This will be good build-up for the Ugandans because of the proximity of the distance between here and Uganda," he said.

Pole-vault and high jump will not take place due to lack of landing gear. Apart from the two events, the AK western branch boss said the rest of the events would run as scheduled and will start on Friday 7 am with women's hammer.


Evelyn Watta

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