NAIROBI, July 19 – Africa 800 metres champion Pamela Jelimo improved her World junior, Africa and national records as she recorded her fourth win in the IAAF Golden League circuit in Paris on Friday night.
The 18 year old clocked the second fastest time of the season; 1:54.97-shaving off 0.02 seconds off the World Junior record that she set in Berlin last month.
She went through the first 400 metres in 56 seconds before pulling away from the rest of the field to win with a 25 metre gap and keep her hunt for a share of the $1 million jackpot alive with only two meets to go.
Third placed world champion Janeth Jepkosgei clocked a season best time of 1:58.52 while Mozambique legend Maria Mutola was seventh in 1:59.51.
“It was a test before the Games and I’m very happy with my success,” said Jelimo.
In the men’s 1500 metres, Commonwealth Games champion Augustine Choge was in ominous form as he edged out All Africa Games champion Asbel Kiprop to win the metric mile.
The 21 year old moved to the front at the bell and produced a sustained finishing kick that saw off Kiprop’s traditional late challenge to win in 3:32.40.
Kiprop was second in 3:32.78 as the duo now shift focus to the Olympic Games. World 1500 metres bronze medalist Shedrack Kibet Korir was fifth in 3:33.93, Suleiman Simtowo in six and Geoffrey Rono seventh.
Commonwealth games champion Lucy Wangui Kabuu won a depleted 5,000 metres race in a meet record of 14:38.47.
The 25 year old Kabuu shook off the attentions of fellow Kenyan Priscah Cherono with two laps to go before coasting to victory 20 seconds ahead of her Beijing teammate.
Edwin Soi was in fine fettle as he won the men’s 3,000 metres race in a7:36.71. the 21 year old led at the bell before powering away in the last 100 metres to hold off Joseph Ebuya.
Abraham Chebii was third with Ireland’s Alistair Craig coming in fourth. No such good news though for Thomas Longosiwa who finished a distant 13th.
Another Kenyan who disappointed was Richard Mateelong who finished a poor seventh in the 3,000 metres steeplechase.
The African champion was never at the races as Bharian’s Taher Mubarak and Michael Kipyego dictated the pace with the Mubarak prevailing in 8:08.53.
Viola Kibiwott was fifth in 1500 metres race in a time of 4:04.17 while Irene Jelagat was fifth in 4:04.59.