NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri believes she
has recovered from her exhaustion following back to back
competition at the global level and will be firing from all
cylinders at the Africa Championships.
Obiri, 28, started
the season on a low note losing at the World Indoor
Championships in Birmingham, England in March, but dusted it off
with victory at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia
However, she failed
to exhibit her consistent and front running skills in the two
Diamond League meetings she has taken part in at Doha (Qatar)
and Eugene (USA), which she attributed to lack of stamina
because of wearing out.
“I was a little bit
tired after winning the Commonwealth title in April in Gold
Coast but I have been recovering slowly,” said Obiri.
“I am happy to run
14:35 at the Prefontaine Classic (Eugene USA) after a few weeks
of experiencing under strength. This is due to low iron levels
in my body. But I promise to get better from here.”
The 2016 Rio
Olympics 5,000m silver medalist returns to action on Thursday in
Kenya Defense Forces Championships where she will be challenged
by world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepskogei and
Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono.
The trio will then
line up at the national championships due on June 21-24 in
Nairobi to select the team for the Africa Senior Championships,
which will be held in Aug. 1-5 in Asaba, Nigeria.
It’s in Asaba where
the African team for the IAAF Continental Cup (World Cup) due on
Sept. 8-9 in Ostrava, Czech will be named. Other teams will come
from Asia/Latino, America and Europe.