Jelimo to miss Kenyan national championships

NAIROBI,  (Reuters) – Olympic 800 metres women’s  champion Pamela Jelimo will miss the Kenyan national  championships this week which will automatically preclude her  from the world championships starting in Daegu, South Korea,  next month.

The 22-year-old has never recovered her phenomenal 2008 form  when she won the Olympic and African titles, set a world junior  record of one minutes 54.01 seconds and collected the $1 million  Golden League jackpot.

“Pamela has not been running well lately and once she skips  the national championships, there is no way we can consider her  for the world championships,” Athletics Kenya secretary general  David Okeyo said yesterday.

Jelimo’s manager Barnabas Korir told Reuters she had  suffered a series of injuries “and other matters which I cannot  discuss in public”.

Olympic champion Nancy Jebet Lagat (1,500) and world  champions Vivian Cheruiyot (5,000) and Lineth Masai (10,000) are  among the contenders in the women’s field.

World 800 metres record holder and 2010 world athlete of the  year David Rudisha and Olympic 1,500 champion Asbel Kiprop will  head the men’s competition along with some of the world’s top  steeplechasers in world champion Ezekiel Kemboi, Olympic bronze  medallist Richard Mateelong and Paul Kipsiele Koech.

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