NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri believes she
is yet to give her best with only two competitions remaining in
her calendar this season.
Speaking in Nairobi
on Thursday, Obiri said she is already looking forward to better
results at the Zurich Diamond League next Wednesday and the IAAF
Continental Cup in Ostrava, the Czech Republic on Sept. 8-9.
The Africa champion
returned home this week after competing at the Birmingham
Diamond League but is certain she will win the Diamond trophy
when she turns up in the Swiss Capital.
“Of course I am a
little disappointed because I did not get the win. But
competition is not all about winning and losing, it was not that
bad. For now I am back in Kenya to prepare for the Diamond
League final in Zurich,” said Obiri on Thursday.
Obiri will then have
one more race in Ostrava, which she believes is the most
important this season as she was named among other 77 athletes
to make the Africa team.
The team, selected
by Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA), features many of the
top performers from the recent African Championships in Asaba,
Nigeria including world and Olympic steeplechase champion
Conseslus Kipruto, world and Olympic 800m champion Caster
Semenya, world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi and Obiri.
Not only will the
athletes be aiming to secure team points and individual prize
money, but the winning team will also share—quite literally—the
IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 trophy.
Mwaniki has been named the Africa team head coach and believes
he will learn more and held the continent win over teams from
Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe.
Africa and Europe
selected their athlete at their respective continental
championships, however, the composition of the Asia-Pacific and
Americas teams will be based upon athletes’ positions on the
2018 performance lists.
Each team will enter
two athletes for each individual event and one team for each
relay. Unlike the 2014 edition, there are no limits on the
number of athletes entered from any one country.
least three athletes from the host country shall form part of
their continental team. Each team may also enter up to a maximum
of three overall reserve athletes.
The deadline for
final entries is Aug 29.