Saturday, 6 September 2008

Kenyan Golden Queen

She's summed up her season with US$ 1 million jackpot for the Grand Prix Golden League events finishing at the Belgian meet last night. She's been a phenomenon since coming onto the scene at the Kenya trials early this year for the All-Africa Games beating her erstwhile colleague Janeth Jepkosgei.
The other Jackpot contender Blanka Vlasic let it go after the rains made the surface in Brussels slippery thus leaving the whole loot to the Kenyan.
At only 18 years of age, Pamela has the world at her feet. Coming from the Olympics where she outsprinted her competition, she can only hope to be around long enough to win major championships. She can also challenge bone of the oldest world records on the Guinness Books-the 800m currently at 1:53.28 held by Jarmila Kratochvílová -Czechoslovakia set in 26 July 1983 in Munich, Germany.
She's truly gold !
Golden League Facts:
- In its 10th year, this series of events covers 6 Grand Prix meetings in Europe ( Oslo, Rome, Paris(though Monaco was dropped in 2003), Zürich, Brussels and Berlin).
- Jelimo is the first Kenyan to win all or part of the jackpot. (In 1999, Kenyan-born Wilson Kipketer now a Danish citizen won 1/2 of the prize with middle distance specialist Romanian Gabriela Szabo)
- The eligible events include; Men's 100m, 400m, 1500m, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, Javelin Throw & Women 200m, 800m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump.
- This year it was branded ÅF Golden League after Swedish company ÅF
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