As the Kenyan athletics team adequately prepare to for Olympics, several athletes will be making their debut at the London Olympics having registered impressive results in the national trials. Leading the pack is Hellen Obiri, who will take part in the women’s 1,500meters.
Speaking at their residential training camp Kasarani, Obiri said that she has prepared well and she is hoping to post good results.
Despite being her first time in the Olympics, Obiri said that she is not afraid of the seasoned athletes and will take the race just like any other.
She further added that she is hoping to beat her colleagues Eunice Sum and Faith Chepngetich.
Obiri is not oblivious of the stiff competition she will face from Kenya habitual rivals Ethiopians and Moroccans. She admitted that she is only worried about the Russians whom she did not meet in the diamond leagues.
Obiri may be the next Kenyan star. Last year was her first year to run internationally and she won the Kenyan champs at 1500m and was 11th at Worlds in the 1500m.
She stunned four-time champion, Meseret Defar in the women’s 3000m at the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, denying the Ethiopian a fifth straight title in 8:37.16.
Obiri who has never run a 5000m race said last year she did not perform well and she hopes that 2012 will be her year.