Defending her world cross country title is her major aim as she returns from muscle stress injury that has kept her out of competition for almost a year.
Agnes Tirop Jebet ran her first race on Saturday during the University of Eldoret cross country meeting, the second meeting of Athletics Kenya cross country meetings slated for the whole country ahead of IAAF world cross country championships in Kampala, Uganda in March 2017.
After winning the World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, Jebet picked stress muscle injury that kept her out of competition but her return has given her hope to claim her world title.
“Immediately after winning the world title, I picked an injury that kept me off races but am now back after total healing. Am now fit,” said Jebet who finished the senior women’s race in position 7 timing 27:54.2.
On her recovery, Jebet said she did not go for University of Eldoret race to win but to train as she ran very relaxed, trying to ensure that she does not topple and injure herself again.
“I came here to train and this is my first training and I discovered I was not badly off as I tried to run with the best athletes today, surprising I managed to beat some on my first outing. That shows that am capable of doing better in the next race as am supposed to run one cross country meeting in Italy next month,” said Jebet.
With a heavy task of defending her world title, Jebet said she has fully recovered and looking forward to meet the rest of the world in Uganda.
“My main aim is to defend my title but before that I will be competing in various cross country meetings across the country to make sure that I beat my target of returning the title to Kenya. Kenyans have dominated the race and I have been mandated to win back to back the title and join in the books of the greats who have won and defended their titles,” said Jebet.