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Jelimo in strange territory at AK meet

Friday May 13 2011

FILE | NATION Pamela Jelimo in a past race. She’s leading a galaxy of stars at the AK/NBK Meeting in Mombasa.

FILE | NATION Pamela Jelimo in a past race. She’s leading a galaxy of stars at the AK/NBK Meeting in Mombasa. 

By Philip Onyango [email protected] and Winnie Atieno [email protected]

World and Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo was the main attraction at the National Bank of Kenya-sponsored fifth weekend athletics meeting  at the Shanzu Teachers Training College in Mombasa, on Friday.

Running in an unfamiliar 200m race, Jelimo  finished a distant fourth in heat one, clocking 27.7secs  in a fast-paced race won by Ugandan Angeline Aneno  in 25.9secs.

The police officer, however, managed to qualify for the final with the fifth best time, finishing sixth in the overall standing.

Jelimo, who was also due to run in the 400m race, skipped her speciality (the 800m race), saying she was still not ready to race in the event.

“I am here to test my speed to make myself competitive, that is why I have come specifically for the 200m and 400m races before I can finally venture in my speciality”, Jelimo said.

Athletics Kenya blamed

She, however, took issue with Athletics Kenya for failing to follow the programme they drew after replacing the timing for  400m with the 200m race.

“We had planned to run the 400m and even warmed up thoroughly just to be told that the event would come later and that we should step into the track for the 200m race,” she lamented.

Others who qualified for the finals were Millicent Ndoro, Marline Chelangat and Joy  Safari, all of the Kenya Police  and Marcella Nyaboke  of Kenya Prisons.

Jane Mwikali  of Kenya Prisons  clocked 2:16.3secs  to win the 800m race, followed by Jedida  Wanjiru  of Nyeri  in 2;16.6secs and Perine Nengambi  of Moi Air Base in 2:17.5secs, while Colleta Chepchirchir also of Moi Air Base  finished  fourth in 2:18.2secs.

Robert Kerubo  of Kenya Power and Lighting won the Hammer  with a throw of 39.78m. Everlyne Bosibori  of Kenya Prisons  was second   with 39.54m,  while Esther Akinyi was third  with a throw  of 36.40m.

In another  development,  Athletics Kenya  has lined up several activities at Ronald Ngala Primary school to mark the World Athletics Day on Saturday.

The event will also include tree planting in four primary schools and other social activities.