(Xinhua) -- Olympic 5,000m
silver medalist Hellen Obiri of Kenya has changed her
mind and will skip the IAAF Indoor Tour to compete at
the World Cross Country Championships.
29-year-old has always selected the World Indoor
Championships over the cross country tournament and had
hinted last year that she was keen to maintain her
But speaking here on Friday, Obiri said she will swap
the two events and warned her rivals she is blazing hot
and spoiling for fight at the World Championships set
for March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark.
"Ironically, I have always competed in the Kenya
Defense Forces (KDF) cross country but missed the
"This is because I opted for the World Indoor
events," Obiri said after winning the senior women’s
It was Obiri’s third win after having scooped the
title in 2014 before going for back-to-back feats in
2017 and 2018. Now she has thrown down the gauntlet and
put her opponents on the sword saying her focus is the
World Cross Country Championships.
"Let it be known to my rivals that I am ready for my
first Kenyan national trials for cross country.
"I have the speed and endurance and I will be ready
for your challenge," Obiri added.