Jelimo focussed on 800M indoor title
13 January 2014, 16:06
Nairobi - Pamela Jelimo, the Beijing Olympics 800m champion, is oozing confidence and says she will successfully retain her World Indoor gold medal in Sopot, Russia in March, after shaking off an ankle injury.
Having tested her endurance in two local cross country meetings in Eldoret, Jelimo is back in Nairobi to increase her training mileage on the tartan before she travels to Russia for her first indoor meeting in two years at the Moscow Indoor Permit meeting on February 2.
"I have seen how the body has faired and I believe it is in the right track. Now I have to get some time on the tartan and see how to do the bends."
"I also want to run here with my training partners and see how much pressure it can take before heading to Moscow," Jelimo told Xinhua Sunday in Nairobi.
Jelimo, who hurt her ankle in training in May, will be making her fourth appearance in the indoor circuit in Moscow.
She hopes, she has the experience to beat her opponents who include Olympic bronze medallist Yekaterina Poistogova (Russia), 2011 European indoor champion Jenny Meadows (England), reigning European indoor champion Nataliia Lupu and rising Kenyan talent Nelly Jepkosgei.
Jelimo also has ambitions for the outdoor starting with the Diamond League races in May in Doha, Qatar.
"I forfeited my holidays to try and get my body fit and am happy with the response so far. I hope to do well this year and win several accolades," she added.
Top on her priority will be a debut performance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in August.
The 24-year-old has not competed at the Club Games partly due to injuries and strong challenge from her opponents and will be keen to prolong Kenya's reign in the two-lap distance and follow the footsteps of her mentors Janeth Jepkosgei (2006) and Nancy Jebet Lagat (2010) who have won gold.
"I thank God that the injuries are all gone and it's my prayer that I don't pick up any more in 2014. I have very big plans this year and one of them is to get a victory starting with the World Indoors," she said.
"The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow look good, but as you know we are still very far away and after testing my body in the Indoor circuit and the Diamond League, we will sit down with my agent and coaches and agree on the best way forward."
"But I must confess it is one of the medals that are missing from my collection and I want to have it. I have never attended any Commonwealth Games and won't be hesitant to go to Glasgow if Athletics Kenya calls upon me to do so," said Jelimo.
Alongside Jelimo, others eyeing the Indoor circuit and a shot at the World Indoor Championships include the 3,000m champion Helen Obiri, Irene Jelagat and Milcah Chemos. The men list has Edwin Soi, bronze medallist at the last games in Istanbul, Turkey over the 3,000m distance and Augustine Choge.