Two goats await the newly crowned world 10km record holder Agnes Jebet Ng’etich at her Kamwosor Junior Training Camp in Elgeyo Marakwet county when she returns from Valencia on Tuesday morning.
The world cross-country bronze medalist set the new world record after winning the 10km Valencia Ibercaja on Sunday morning at 28:46 by lowering the Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw that stood for two years at 29:14 in the mixed women’s race.
Her coach Ruth Bundotich said that news was not just great for the camp but was also celebrated at the church, where Jebet congregates for spiritual nourishment.
“I knew she was going to run very well but not the world record. I expected her to run at least 29:00 but not under 29 as she did,” said Bundotich.
She said that she received the great news while in church hoping that her record will be ratified unlike last year.
“It was great news and I have hope that this time, her world record will not flop like last year. It will be great if the World Athletics and the relevant authorities will ensure that her sweat is well appreciated,” added Bundotich.
She led Kenyans in sweeping top ten positions in the race. After her 28:46 win, her new found rival, Emmaculate Anyango Achoi was second after timing 28:57, followed by Lilian rengeruk Kasait (29:35), Janeth Chepngetich (29:56), Joyce Cheptoyek (30;12), Loice Chemining (30:23), Irene Cheptai (30:23), Cynthia Chepngeno (30:24), Fotyen Tesfay (30:27) and Sarah Chelangat (30:31) for top ten positions.
Bundotich said that the camp had prepared two goats to be slaughtered for the party but she was not sure of the arrival time since she set the world record, Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba had called her and said she may stay in the hands of the government.
“As much as we have already prepared the feast when she arrives, she may be taken by the government since she was called by the government through the Sports CS Ababu Namwamba. So far I have not been communicated on her itinerary when she arrives in the country,” she said.