World 800m Champion Eunice Sum, has cautioned her fans, she will run sparingly this season and hope to peak just before the Beijing World Championships in August.

Sum, 27, will be leading a galaxy of stars to the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on Sunday and believes she has gained enough endurance to push for a faster race in China. Accompanied by her mentor and former world 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, the duo will depart for China today. “It is my first race in a big competition this season. Of course I ran to shake off the rust in Nakuru last month, but to me the season starts in Shanghai on Sunday,” she said. In Nakuru, Sum competed in the 1,500m distance clocking 4:09.7 and in the process beating Viola Kibiwott, Irene Chepkemoi and Janeth Jepkosgei. “I am happy with my performance there. I wanted to gauge my endurance. Now as I go to Shanghai, I will be more contented and confident as I seek to run under 2:00. “What is important is to run well there (Shanghai). To see how I will fare with the challenge on parade and then we will sit down with the coaches and review it as we focus on the next event,” she added.

Alongside Shanghai, Sum said she plans to compete in Eugene (May 30), Birmingham (June 7) and Paris (July 4). “I will run sparingly this season because it is a World Championship year. The focus is for me to successfully defend my crown in Beijing,” she said.

Courtesy of Standard Digital

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