NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
With no Olympics or the World
Championships, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri has confirmed she
will make an attempt to break the women’s 5,000m record
long distance athlete believes she will carry one her
top form to next season and take on her rivals as she
seeks to write another piece of history.
In the last
two seasons, Obiri won the 5,000m world title and was
second at the Rio Olympics.
always thought about setting the world record. But in
the last two seasons, my form has been good, but there
was the doubt of chasing the wrong target. Now we have
no big competition apart from the Commonwealth Games
coming early in April,” Obiri said in Nairobi on
said she will consult her English manager Ricky Simms on
the best race to break Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba’s nine
years and five months old world record time of 14
minutes and 11.15 seconds.
set the time while winning the 5,000m race in Oslo on
June 6, 2008, and the only athlete who came close to
breaking the record was compatriot world 5,000 silver
medalist Almaza Ayana, who won Rome’s Diamond League in
14:12.59 last year.
Obiri ran the world fastest times in 5,000m in Shanghai
clocking 14:22.47 in May and two weeks later in Rome
Diamond League won in a time of 14:18.37, a Kenyan
Her time in
Rome was ranked fifth ever best with only Dibaba, Almaz
Ayana, Meseret Defar (14:12.88) and Genzebe Dibaba
(14:15.41) all from Ethiopia.
“I must say
2016 was a great season and I hope to uphold the same
form into the coming season,” said Obiri. “Records are
meant to be broken, I will take my chance and see if I
can lower Dibaba’s record.”
before making that attempt, Obiri will want to recapture
the 3,000m world indoor title during the championships
in March 1-4 in Birmingham before focusing on the
Commonwealth Games due April 4-15 in Gold Coast,
the 2011 world indoor 3,000m title in Istanbul, Turkey,
settled for silver in 2014 Sopot, Poland where Genzebe
Dibaba beat her to the top spot.
sixth in 1,500m at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
where the reigning Olympic and world 1,500m champion
Faith Chepng’etich ruled the roost.
“I want to
reclaim by indoor title before attempting the 10,000m
crown at Commonwealth Games,” said Obiri.
Africa Senior Championships planned for August 1-5 in
Assaba, Nigeria may also interest her depending on her