Pamela Jelimo Out Of Kenyan National Championships

Pamela Jelimo will most likely not compete in the World Championships next month. Photo: The Standard

Pamela Jelimo will most likely not compete in the World Championships next month. Photo: The Standard

She is injured and will probably miss the World Championships, too.

Kenya will be missing one of it’s best women’s 800m runners at the national championships on Wednesday at Nyayo National Stadium. Pamela Jelino, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist will not be competing due to injury. According to manager Barnabas Korir: “She has had a string of injuries which has frustrated her return to top form. However, our focus is more on the Olympic title defense next year.”

Athletics Kenya Secretary General David Okeyo said Jelimo missing the championships does not bode well for her chances competing at the World Championships. “We all know that Jelimo has not had a good season,” he said. “Once she skips the National Championships, there is no way we can consider her for the World Championships. I am not privy to reasons for her bad performances, but I am just as concerned as other Kenyans. I hope she recovers in time to defend her Olympic title.”

Jelimo, now 22, lit the world on fire in 2008. That year, she won the Olympic gold as well as the $1 million IAAF Golden League jackpot.

For More: The Standard

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