She hit headlines across the globe last year after becoming the first
Kenyan to win the IAAF US$1 million Golden League jackpot and also the
first Kenyan woman athlete to ever win an Olympic gold medal. At 19,
she has already broken two records in the 800m and is aiming at the
world record. In May last year, she set a new Junior World Record of
1:55.76 that was standing since 1993 set by China’s Yuan Wang. She is
also the African Record holder at 1:54.97, breaking Maria Mutola’s
previous record of 1:55.19.
Of the awards she has already won, at the age of 18, she was awarded
the IAAF Revelation of the Year Award and the 2008 Kenya Sports Woman
of the Year Award.
She will be one of the attractions at the 12th IAAF World Athletics
Championships in Berlin, Germany starting August 15th. With the
Olympic gold already in her bag, she will aim at getting the World
title from compatriot Janeth Jepkosgei.