NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon and 5,000m world champion Helen Obiri
will anchor Kenya’s team to the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham,
England in March.
is yet to start her season, since her triumph over South African Caster Semenya
in London world championships in August, has been in training and will focus on
cross country before moving to the indoor competition.
“It will be a
good experience for me. I have not competed in indoor competition yet and this
season starting in January, it will be good to test my body and see how it
feels,” she said Monday from Eldoret.
For Obiri, it
is her urge to recapture the World Indoor title that is inspiring her. She won
the 2012 title in the 3,000 meters and together with compatriot Bethwel Birgen,
the duo were awarded direct entry to next year’s World Indoor Championships set
Kenyans were among 11 athletes to be given wild cards by IAAF following their
victories in 2017 World Indoor Tour Series.
Birgen, who won the 3,000m and 1,500m series, also received a bonus of 20,000
U.S. dollars each.
this year’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in USA and Muller Indoor Grand Prix
Birmingham, besides finishing second in Karlsruhe, Germany.
was to get automatic ticket for World Indoor Championships where I want to
reclaim my 3,000m title then focus on outdoor events,” said Obiri.
Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April will be the main outdoor
competition for Kenyan athletes this season.
events just one month apart, however, does not concern Obiri, who believes she
has what it takes to compete in both and win.
“I have run
races in between weeks and there will be enough time for me to rest and recover
after Birmingham. The important thing is to compete and win,” she said.