Injured Jelimo pulls out of World Championships


Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

A recurrent hamstring injury has knocked out the reigning World Indoor 800m champion, Pamela Jelimo (left) for at least three month.

Her coach Barnabas Korir said Jelimo, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will now miss the National Championships that start today in Nairobi and subsequently the World Championships due August 10 to 18 in Moscow.

Korir disclosed that Jelimo, who made a comeback last year to win the Indoor title after a three-year lull, has been struggling with the left leg hamstring since January this year.

Korir disclosed that even though the 23-year-old has started some light training in Ngong, her doctor has advised her to keep off competition until she has recovered fully.

“The problem started in January and has been recurring. She took part in some cross country  races and her last event was during the last AK Weekend Meeting on March 3 where she competed in 400m,” Korir said. “Jelimo should compete in her first race in September, God willing.”

Pretty disappointing

“The injury is really bad and it’s pretty disappointing coming at this time of the year when I was really looking forward to the National Championships and World Championships,” Jelimo said.

“But that is fate and I thank God for his blessings since I know I will recover fast for proper training soon.”

Jelimo said she has started some light training after the injury worsened during the last AK Weekend Meeting. “I need to trust my doctor and stay out for proper healing,” said Jelimo.

From the time Jelimo was tossed to fame as a women’s 800m world beater at 18, she has come to terms with the ultimate nightmare of any elite sports person – injury.

After clinching the lucrative IAAF Golden League jackpot worth $1 million (about Sh86 million) and an Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008, Jelimo has struggled with injuries.

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