After 15 years of running on track,two time World Junior Cross Country champion Violah Jelegat Kibiwot has switched to road race.
Kibiwot who turns 34 year in August and hails from Keiyo in Elgeyo Marakwet County has a career span that has made her represent Kenya in major competitions including World Cross Country, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and World Championships.
Kibiwot who has participated in 1,500m race for 11 years switched to to 5,000m at the 2012 London Olympics but placed a poor seventh in 15:11.59.
She was also lucky to fly Kenya’s flag at the 2013 and 2015 World championships in Moscow and Beijing, where she placed outside the medal bracket in 15:01.67 and 14:46.16 respectively.
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“For me, the improvement in time this season has been key and very inspiring for that matter,” she told us we asked her last year before heading to the Rio Olympics.
She won her first medal at the 2000 World Cross Country Championships that were held in Vilamoura, Portugal where she finished third with a time of 20:36.
Viola Kibiwot who last year at the 45th Corridaa Pedestre International de Houilles 10km run, produced an impressive solo run smashing the race course record with 31:14 cuuting off 14 seconds from the previous record.
Kibiwot who has represented Kenya more than 23 times on international competitions said she is confident to perfom well on her new specialty.