Kenya’s Virginia Nyambura will no longer be a pacesetter after her stunning women’s 3,000m steeplechase victory in Doha, the opening leg of the Diamond League on Friday May 15th..
Nyambura, the 2010 Youth Olympics 2,000m steeplechase gold medalist, will not be used as as a “rabbit” at Diamond League events anymore.
Nyambura’s coach, Alex Sang, said the athlete has now been given direct invites to Rome on June 4 and New York on June 13 after her winning time of 9 minutes 21.51 seconds changed the whole landscape.
In fact, besides Rome and New York, Nyambura — who turns 23 on July 20 — will also compete in Birmingham on June 7.
Nyambura’s victory also put her in line for the World Championships due August 22-30 in Beijing after she attained the qualifying time of 9:44.00.
“It’s all about hard work, commitment and gaining that self-belief and confidence in training for Nyambura,” said Sang, who picked Nyambura from Athletics Kenya weekend meeting in Thika in 2013.
Sang said Nyambura ran so well that he approached her to pace set for World Champion Milcah Chemos after Lydia Chepkurui, the World silver medallist, had graduated.
“After Chemos sustained a back injury after the World Championships in Moscow top stay off for long, I thought it wise to start fine-tuning Nyambura to the big stage,” said Sang, adding that Nyambura started well at the National Relay Series trials for the World Relays in Bahamas.
Nyambura, running the 1,600m part, anchored Kenya women’s team to silver in the medley race in an African record time of 10:43.35.