By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will
display her prowess and preparedness for the World Indoor
Championships when she competes in the 3,000m at the Czech
Indoor Gala on Jan 25.
her intention to try and recapture the World Indoor 3,000m title
in Birmingham on March 4, Obiri is yet to run on the indoor
circuit and the Ostrava gala will be her maiden show this
“I started the
season running in cross country because I wanted to shake off
the rust of the long layoff I had after the World Championships
in London,” Obiri said on Wednesday evening in Nairobi.
“Now the focus is
fully on the indoor championships and I believe with two or
three meetings, I will be able to know where my body strength
Obiri has been named
as the Ostrava Indoor gala running star and hopes she will be
able to live up to the honor accorded her and win as she
launches her campaign towards the World Indoor Championships,
which will be held in Birmingham, England on March 4.
The Czech Indoor
Gala, which is part of the European Athletics Indoor Permit
meeting, is promising a special shot put competition with top
two from Belgrade Euro Indoors Konrad Bukowiecki and home star
There is also double
World Indoor Champion Ryan Whiting from U.S., World bronze
medalist Stipe Zunic from Croatia and Olympic fourth placer
Franck Elemba from Congo.
The field of six
(added by Euroindoor 2015 medalist Ladislav Prasil) will have
also a special format close to the new one which will be part of
IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava in September.
All six will have
three attempts, then top 4 will go for round four, best 3 for
round five and top two for round six.
next week will be pole vault of pairs. Five athlete pairs (male
and female) will compete with final result made by counting the
top marks of each pair together. Czech Republic will have two
pairs (Kudlicka/Ptacnikova and Balner/Malacova), others will be
from Poland (Sobera/Smietanka) and also a young pair composed by
Czech U20 record holder Amalie Svabikova and Greek European U18
champion Emmanouil Karalis.