Just a month after winning inaugural Kapsowar High school 10km Road race, Feliciana Jepkosgei has started her World Athletics championships in earnest as she prepares to compete at the Sunday’s Seven’s 7KM road race in the Netherlands.
Jepkosgei, who was 4th at the Athletics Kenya Cross country championships in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County will be making her debut at the international races when she lines up at the race despite pacing at the Road to Records championships held in September in Germany.
She paced the 5km race and went ahead to finish in the 9th position timing 15:36 but now that she will be competing on her own, she said that that will open the door for her to compete well at the international platform.
“My training has been going on well and I hope to run a good race in the Netherlands. Being my first time at the international championships, I want a good time and a win will be better for me,” said Jepkosgei.
The Sunday 2nd race, she said, has been giving her an opportunity to train on a high scale, completing between 17km to 20km a day unlike in the past.
Coache3d by Ken Rotich, she said good results in the race will guide her for the 2022 World Athletics championships that will be held in Oregon, USA where she wants to compete in 5,000m.
“Heading for the race, it will be great for me and my preparations are going on well. A win will give me an opportunity to compete well at the track events on my way for the world championships,” she said.
She added: “I want to compete in the 5,000m because I am ripe for that. Now that we don’t have a world cross country until 2023, my energy has been directed for the World championships, competing in 5,000m,” she said.
After winning the Kapsowar 10km race, she went on to finish 4th at the Athletics Kenya Cross country meeting at her training base in Iten.
“I had not recovered well for the Iten race after the Kapsowar but that has not bothered me much because I am looking at great things ahead,” she said.