NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s former world 800m champion Eunice Sum
will return to competition on Thursday in the Diamond League in
The 30-year-old has
battled poor form and will be running her third race this
season, after Doha and Paris. However, Sum will be out to prove
she still has what it takes ahead of the African Championships
“I’m enjoying my new
fitness and want to test how fast I can run in Switzerland. It
was bad for me to miss the World Championships last season due
to illness, but I am back now in good health and ready to
challenge for the medals,” she said.
In Paris last week,
Sum had to settle for fourth place in 1:59.25, as world and
Olympic champion Caster Semenya led from gun to tape to clock
1:54.25 to move to fourth fastest on the world all-time list
behind Czech icons Jarmila Kratochvilova (1:53.28), Nadezhda
Olizarenko (1:53.43) and Pamela Jelimo (1:54.01).
Niyonsaba was a distant second in 1:55.86, with USA runner Ajee
Wilson third in 1:57.11.
But Semenya will not
be running the 800m in Lausanne, opening the door for Sum to
claim the win. However, she will have to compete against
Niyonsaba and Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera.
Semenya has decided
instead to tackle the 1,500 meters, where she will need to
overcome strong competition from Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, who
has been racking up the wins so far in 2018.
Also in the pack
will be England’s Laura Muir, who finished runner-up in the
World Indoor Championships, Shelby Houlihan of the USA, and
Morocco’s Rababe Harafi, all of whom have run sub-four minute
time this season.