Athletics: World champion set for Asaba 2018


World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri  has confirmed her participation in the  Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium from August 1 to 5

Obiri,  who finished tops at the last World Championships in London and in the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast,  has yet to win an African title.

The 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000m silver medallist, who won her event  at  the Kenya Defence Forces Championships with  14:48.5  last week, is keen to add that to her impressive curriculum vitae in Asaba.

“For me, the Africa Championship is a good opportunity. I have never won the 5,000m at continental level and that is why I am relishing to compete in both events,” the 28-year-old  told reporters at the Kasarani Stadium  in Nairobi.

“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.”

With Athletics Kenya already promising to send a large and equally quality contingent to Asaba, it is expected that world half-marathon record holder Joyciline Jepskogei and Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono will all fight for places in the Kenyan team.

The Kenya national championships  take place from June 21 to 24 in Nairobi to select the team for Asaba 2018.