PRAGUE, November 26 – Olympic 800 metres champion Pamela Jelimo will make her debut in indoor racing in Prague in February next year.
The teenage sensation who won the IAAF Revelation of the Year Award at the World Athletics Gala last weekend was in Prague last Monday where she announced that she will be one of the stars who will attend the new indoor meeting in the Czech capital city planned for February 26.
The World junior record holder wants to attack the 1000m World indoor record of Maria Mutola in the ‘Modern Prague 02 Arena’.
"I will train even harder than now and I think I can do it, but as I never run indoors so far, I cannot say for sure,” confirmed Jelimo. “But it is always good to break the preparation with some competitions.”
During the World Athletics Gala in Monaco, Jelimo met for the first with Kratochvilova, the Czech holder of the oldest current World record, the women’s 800m.
"She is a nice person, a good lady, she gave me some advice especially that I need to improve my speed endurance. Look at her bests at 100, 200 and 400m, she was lot faster than me," said Jelimo.
Kratochvilova replied: "She has the biggest potential from current runners to break my 800 m record. The margin 0.73 in normal life is nothing, but in running it is still a lot. But she has a good chance."
Jelimo dominated the 2008 athletics season in such spectacular fashion completely redefining the two lap race.
She started by winning the continental title in Addis Ababa setting a stadium record of 1:58.70 to beat Maria Mutola and a week later she clocked 1:55.76 run in Hengelo.
Jelimo then became the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she won the women’s 800 metres race in Beijing.
Then two weeks later she became the first Kenyan and only the second African to win the IAAF $1 million Golden jackpot when she triumphed in Zurich to complete a six race sweep of the Golden League meetings.
Jelimo clinched the jackpot after winning in Berlin, Oslo, Rome, Paris, Zurich and Brussels in a remarkable season.
She then ended her season by winning at the World Athletics Final in a championships record of 1:56.23 to bring the curtain down on a fantastic season.