NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Helen
Obiri said she is ready to contest for the World Indoor title
and the Commonwealth Games gold medal despite the short period
separating the two events.
Speaking in Nairobi
on Friday after winning the Kenya Defense Forces Championships,
Obiri, who won the 3,000m in 2014, said she is not under
pressure to prove anything and has discussed the two events with
her manager, who has no problems with her running in both.
“These are track
competitions and there will be enough time for me to recover and
compete in the other. The task is to make, Kenya team in both
events,” she said.
The World Indoor
Championships will be held in Birmingham City in England on
March 4 while the Commonwealth Games on April 4-15 in Gold
“I skipped the 2016
World Indoor because I was just fresh from maternity leave. But
I have regained my fitness and am ready to recapture my title,”
In Birmingham, Obiri
will be competing in the 3,000m race having already secured
automatic ticket by virtue of having won the IAAF World Indoor
Tour in 2017.
She will then shift
to the outdoor competition, where she plans to race at the Gold
Coast Club Games over the 5,000m distance. Obiri won gold in
5,000m at the World Championships in London in August last year.
On Friday, Obiri
resisted a late surge from compatriot Jocelyn Jepkosgei to win
at the Kenya Defense Forces cross country championships, which
were held in Nairobi.
“I was under
pressure especially with Jepkosgei, who also has the World 10km
record in the field. I knew I had the speed to challenge her,”
The win was the
third for Obiri, 27, having won in 2014 and 2016. However, Obiri
ruled out competing at the Africa Cross Country Championships,
which will be held in Chlef, Algeria in March.
“I run the cross
country circuit to build my endurance. Now I will be able to
focus on speed work in readiness for the World Indoor
Championships,” she added.