Nairobi, May 4 (IANS) Olympic women’s 800m silver medallist Janeth Jepkosgei is keen to prove that there is still life in the old war horse as she prepares for her biggest battle in London.
Since announcing her arrival on the women two-lap scene with a crushing victory over Mozambican legend Maria Mutola at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Jepkosgei has evolved to be a podium constant in the face of stiff competition.
“I want to do my best and I know it’s going to be a tough race for me but I would like to be on the podium once more,” the runner credited with 14 IAAF recognized medals in a career spanning over a decade stated after a training session at the Chepkoilel Campus training ground in Eldoret.
After following up her Commonwealth golden run with gold at the Osaka Worlds, Jepkosgei has had to contend with a slew of emerging talent notably, compatriot Pamela Jelimo, South Africa’s Caster Semenya and Russia’s Mariya Savinova who have denied her the top medal at the Beijing Olympics as well as Berlin and Daegu Worlds.
“Many people are beginning to understand women 800m. Before, especially us Kenyans, we thought that no one could do it but once you have decided to train for it, one can make it and many have begun understanding this,” Jepkosgei attributes the recent surge of quality female two-lap runners.