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Champ Jelimo sparks back to life in Lievin

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 15- Olympics 800m women champion, Pamela Jelimo, displayed signs of a return to form by finishing second to Moroccan Malika Akkaoui at the Lievin Indoor Meeting in France.

From the gun, Jelimo gave a glimpse to the powerful front running that made her unassailable in her golden 2008 season and was in the frame for victory in the homestretch before Akkaoui closed in and beat the Olympics champion on the line in a world leading 1:59.01.

The ‘Kapsabet Express’ returned 1:59.10, her first sub 2:00 race in almost two years, to inspire confidence that a successful title defence at the London Olympics can be mounted by the runner who won 13 out of 13 races she started in 2008.

In the corresponding men’s race, Poland’s Adam Kszczot raced 1:44.57 to force Kenya’s Timothy Kitum (1:45.96) and former Olympics champion as well as Worlds bronze winner Yuriy Borzakovskiy from Russia (1:46.08) to accept the lesser podium places.

Africa 5,000m gold medallist, Edwin Soi completed a fine 7:32.52 victory over the charging World junior champion Isaiah Kiplangat (7:32.89) in the men’s 3,000m race as Ethiopia’s Alamirew Yenem (7:33.30) came ahead of Daegu Worlds finalist Thomas Longosiwa (7:34.81) to snatch bronze.

The quality field also witnessed Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion, Brimin Kipruto clock 7:39.07 to place fifth ahead of World Indoor titleholder, Tariku Bekele (7:42.38) in sixth.

In the men’s 1,500m event, the much vaunted Kenyan challenge spectacularly failed to spark as Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider took top honours in 3:34.10. Kenyan born Turk, Ozbilen IIham Tanui (born William Biwott Tanui) took silver in 3:35.26 as Commonwealth champion and Worlds silver medallist, Silas Kiplagat trooped home in 3:35.26.

Ismail Kombich (3:35.49), Daniel Komen (3:36.96) and Nixon Chepseba (3:37.01) trailed their compatriot to complete the top six.

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  1. Geenjuguna

    February 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Best wishes Jelimo. You can do it.

  2. Viggkin

    February 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm


  3. Mpkamau

    February 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Welcome back, dearly missed

  4. Joseph

    May 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Sorry, this service is not available. Try again LATER!! That is what it responded to me after eating my money. Damn it!! 

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