How Edinah Jebitok is gearing up for World Cross-country Championships

ATHLETICS How Edinah Jebitok is gearing up for World Cross-country Championships

Abigael Wafula 10:08 - 26.12.2023

Edinah Jebitok has expressed her interest in representing the country at the World Cross-country Championships and she is putting in the work to make the cut.

Edinah Jebitok has set her sights on the Juan Muguerza Cross-Country, also known as the Elgoibar Cross-Country, scheduled for Sunday 7 January.

Jebitok has enjoyed major wins so far and she will be gearing up to continue with her winning streak in her next assignment.

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After her win at the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños, the ninth Gold level meeting of this season’s World Athletics Cross Country Tour, on Sunday, December 17, Jebitok explained that she is gearing up for the World Cross Country Championships and racing in Elgoibar will be a great buildup.

The World Cross-country Championships are scheduled for March 30 in Belgrade, Serbia.

"It was a cold day but I felt fine throughout. I'll next race on January 7 in Elgoibar before coming back home to build up for the Kenyan trials for the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade,” she said as per World Athletics.

Meanwhile, racing on a cold day on December 17, Jebitok became an overwhelming victor, as she was two years ago.

The women's 9300m contest witnessed a solo run by the 22-year-old who pushed hard from the gun to become a lonesome leader with 50 seconds on the clock.

After the opening 1100m small lap, Jebitok had built a five-second lead on USA's Katie Izzo and Ethiopia's Asayech Ayichew, while Kenya's Maurine Jemutai ran in fourth another two seconds adrift.

Jebitok covered the first 2200m big lap in 7:20 to extend her lead to 14 seconds over Izzo and Ayichew, the US athlete taking on most of the pacing duties.

Over the closing lap, Jebitok injected a brisker rhythm to further extend her leading margin, while Ayichew got rid of Izzo midway through that circuit and Vindics-Toth could not maintain the cadence of the five Spanish athletes.

At the tape, the World Championships 1500m semi-finalist Jebitok had built a 42-second advantage on Ayichew following a final 7:14 lap, the quickest by far.

Izzo completed the podium 15 seconds behind Ayichew and the 21-year-old Viciosa, daughter of the 1998 European 5000m champion Isaac Viciosa, finished fourth another 57 seconds behind to become the first local athlete home after breaking away from Ruiz.