Saturday, April 2, 2011

Jelimo pipped on comeback, Kiprop reigns

Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo had to eat humble pie when she returned to competitive running on Friday, finishing second in the shorter 200 metres sprint at the second round of Athletics Kenya track and field meeting in Narok.

Jelimo could also not weather the 1,500m storm as she was forced to pull out with a lap to go as Helen Opili of Laikipia Air Base won.

More than 1,500 elite athletes participated, prompting AK’s PRO Peter Angwenyi to say it depicted Kenya’s rich history and talent.

The 26.7 seconds that Jelimo, the 2008 IAAF Golden League winner, clocked was however not bad time for a two-lap runner testing her speed. Edna Kwamboka (26.2), Jelimo’s Kenya Police team mate, won the race while Zipporah Nyasiguta (27.1) from Kisii was third.