In Summary
  • Syombua said a left thigh injury sustained during the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships on July 12 this year, has healed and she is ready for the national trials for the World Championships starting ton Thursday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

National 400m record holder Hellen Syombua has declared herself fit for the World Championships set for September 27 to October 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Syombua said a left thigh injury sustained during the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships on July 12 this year, has healed and she is ready for the national trials for the World Championships starting ton Thursday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The 22-year-old had won the national trials for the African Games in a National Record breaking feat of 51.09 seconds on June 22 to re-confirm her place at the World event but would pull a hamstring in 200m at the Police event.

That saw her fail to recover fully for the National Championships and later the African Games in Rabat, Morocco where she finished seventh in 58.83 in the heats on August 30.

“Doctors had given me four weeks to resume training after the injury. I really didn’t want to push hard in Rabat but all that pain is gone,” said Syombua after going through the morning drills at Nyayo National Stadium under coach Ian Dexter from Scotland.

“The training has been intense since we arrived from Rabat and there is no pain at all in the muscles…I am gliding with ease and can’t wait for the trials and the World Championships,” said Syombua. “I have already qualified for the Doha event but I want to tell Kenyans that I am ready with a good show at the trials.”

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