NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya
will use Thursday’s race in Torun, Poland to gauge her speed and
fitness and decide if she will compete in the 3,000m and 1,500m
races at the World Indoor championships in Birmingham.
Fresh off winning
the 8km senior women’s race at the Kenya championships in
Nairobi, Obiri will be one of the elite runners gracing the
Torun indoor meeting.
“The focus is always
on getting in the best shape and going for the gold. But I have
not competed in the 1,500m for a while and that is why I want to
test and see how my performance will be and then I will decide,”
she said late on Wednesday ahead of the race.
Obiri will be making
a rare indoor 1500m appearance, her first since 2014. While she
has made her career over longer distances, she’s hardly a slouch
in the metric mile, boasting bests of 3:57.05 outdoors and
4:05.82 indoors, both recorded in 2014.
Back in action after
a training stint at home in Kenya, Obiri is targeting the 3,000m
event at the World Championships.
Obiri was triggered
to react to Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba announcement that she will
compete in the 3,000m and 1,500m events in Birmingham.
“Let’s see my how
the race will go. I have not raced in 1,500m for over two years
and Thursday will be special for me. How I will perform I don’t
know, but I hope if it’s good, I should also double up in events
in Birmingham,” Obiri said.
With Olympic and
world 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya missing out on the
World Indoor Championships because of maternity leave, Obiri
remains the country’s biggest hope for winning medals in the two
To help her push for
a faster time, organizers in Torun have also invited Dawit
Seyaum of Ethiopia and compatriot Guday Tsegay, who were first
and third in the Boston World Indoor tour leg. Sweden’s Meraf
Bahta, the 2014 European 5000m champion, is also competing in
the event which runs from March 1-4.