Pamela Kosgei out to inherit record breaking prowess from elder sister Brigid

ATHLETICS Pamela Kosgei out to inherit record breaking prowess from elder sister Brigid

Abigael Wafula 17:59 - 27.06.2023

She specialises in the 3000m Steeplechase where she is slowly earning a name for herself.

Reigning Africa Under-20 3000m Steeplechase champion Pamela Kosgei is keen on following in her elder sister’s footsteps, world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei.

Pamela revealed that she draws her inspiration from her sister and would one day want to break a record just like Brigid did during the 2019 Chicago Marathon where she shattered Paula Radcliffe’s mark of 2:15:25 from the London Marathon in 2003.

She specialises in the 3000m SC where she is slowly earning a name for herself after being crowned the National Champion at the Athletics Kenya National Championships concluded on Saturday, June 24.

“Yes, she (Brigid) inspires me a lot and gives me the motivation to always work hard. One day, I want to break records like her,” Pamela said.

She cut the tape in 9:35.25 ahead of Caren Chebet who clocked 9:35.68. Fancy Cherono finished third in 9:36.99. She revealed competing with the seniors for the second time was not an easy encounter but she expressed excitement towards winning the highly contested race.

The first time she competed with the seniors was during the Kip Keino Classic in May where she fizzled out to finish 12th.

The youngster has her eyes set on the National trials for the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where she hopes to leave a mark.

“Competing with the seniors wasn’t easy…it was so tough but I’m glad to have won and improved my time. My next target is to finish among the top three and go for the World Championships,” she said.

She will be vying for a ticket to the World Championships against other strong athletes including world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Commonwealth Games champion Jackline Chepkoech but she is hopeful of making the cut. Pamela said she will train hard and work on her speed as she seeks to compete against the bigwigs.

“They have the experience that I lack but I believe in myself. I want to go and train hard and make sure I do well…I just need to improve on my speed and some hill work,” she said.