Pauline Korikwiang clearly on a X-country mission


The 2006 World cross junior champion Pauline Korikwiang takes the battle to marathoner Jemima Jelagat and former Kenya Defence Forces champion Linet Chepkirui in the second leg of the Athletics Kenya Cross Country Series on Saturday in Kangaru, Embu.

The women’s 10m race will also feature seasoned long distance runner Doris Changenywa among other top elite runners.

Korikwiang, who settled for second place in her second half marathon outing at the Standard Chartered Bank Nairobi Marathon last month, after winning in Ndakaini in September, is making a return to the scene after a long break.

The 27-year-old, who flourished in junior ranks, has had a bumpy return since returning from maternity leave. She has had to battle form while a series of injuries curtailed her comeback.

From Ndakaini, Korikwiang, the 2006 World Junior 5,000m silver medallist, headed to Korea for the World Military where she won gold in 5,000m before racing at the Nairobi half marathon.

“After the cross country season I want to go back to track with the intentions of securing a place in 10,000m for the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said Korikwiang.

After finishing fourth in marathon at the World Championships in Beijing in August, Jelagat is looking forward to starting her season well as she focuses on the Olympics.

Jelagat finished fourth at Boston Marathon and second at New York City Marathon last year. Chepkirui is also eying a good return after recovering from a hip injury that kept her out for a while.