World 10km record holder reveals what cost her a medal at World X-Country Championships

World 10km record holder reveals what cost her a medal at World X-Country Championships

Abigael Wafula 16:28 - 03.04.2024

World 10km record holder Agnes Jebet has revealed what cost her a podium place at last weekend's World Cross Country Championships.

Before the star-studded cast descended on the tough course for the 46th edition of the World Cross Country Championships, it was evident that world 10km record holder Agnes Jebet Ngetich would be among the top three finishers in the senior women's race.

However, the Kenyan failed to impress at the event, ending up fifth. Jebet was in great form during the better part of the race since she was doing most of the donkey work.

She controlled the race that comprised all the five Kenyan women, including defending champion Beatrice Chebet, Emmaculate Anyango, Lilian Kasait, and Margaret Chelimo.

However, with a few metres to go, Jebet was dropped and she was nowhere to be seen as the top three athletes crossed the finish line led by Chebet. Questions have been raised on what really happened to the trailblazing youngster who had just set a world record in February.

Jebet went on to explain herself, citing stomach cramps for setting her back during the event. She admitted that the race had attracted very strong athletes and that failure to be in great shape meant she would not be able to do well.

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In a post on her Instagram page, the 23-year-old said: “I was not perfect health-wise in Belgrade, and the competition, course, and weather demanded perfection. We take good days and bad days with grace and a clean heart.”

She now picks herself up and focus on the next assignment, the Adizero Road to Records scheduled for Saturday, April 27. She will be hoping to improve on her third-place finish during last year’s edition.

“Now, I have to deal with menstrual cramps and pain, recover, and prepare for Adizero Road to Records on April 27,” she added.