(Xinhua) -- Kenyan world 5,000m champion Hellen
Obiri will run her final build-up race in London on Sunday before
heading to Asaba, Nigeria for the Africa Athletics Championships.
The 28-year-old has gotten over the
lack of iron in her body, which slowed her down at the beginning of
the season. Now she has found her sprinting groove to string
together a series of wins and take the game to her challenger
With poor outings in Rome and Eugene
(USA), Obiri was forced back to the drawing board as she recuperated
after starting this season earlier than expected at the World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham in March and the Commonwealth Games in
Australia in April.
“It feels good to have my strength
back. I was happy to run a fast time in the Prefontaine Classic in
Eugene after a few weeks under strength due to low iron levels. But
I was certain to rediscover my form and today I am almost at the
best level,” Obiri told Xinhua on Thursday in Nairobi.
Last week, Obiri delivered on her
pre-race promise to “try to run fast” when she sped to a 5,000m
world leading time of 14:21:75 at the Diamond League meeting in
Rabat, Morocco obliterating her Ethiopian rival Dibaba, who finished
“I have watched the highlights from my
5,000m race in Rabat and I am really happy to win and set a world
leading time. Now next stop will be in London and then the Africa
championships,” said Obiri. Indeed in London, Obiri will drop down
the distance to one mile where she will team up with compatriot
Winnie Chebet and Nelly Jepkosgei.
“I want to work on my speed and the
mile distance will provide me the ground to test just that. I want
to win at the Africa championships so that I may compete at the
World Cup in Ostrava,” said Obiri.
The Confederation of Africa Athletics
(CAA) will use the championships in Asaba, Nigeria (Aug 1-5) to
select the Africa team that will go to the IAAF Continental Cup
(World Cup), which will be held in September.
The top two athletes across the line
in each discipline will make the Africa team. Also keen to excel at
the Africa championships will be Olympic javelin silver medalist
Julius Yego who has struggled to redeem his form after shaking off
an ankle and groin injury, which saw him forfeit the world
championship title last year in London.