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Kapsabet express (starafrica.com, 13 Mar 2012)
Peter Murray [husband]
Kenya Police, Kenya
Gregory Kilonzo, Benjamin Engelhart (starafrica.com, 13 Mar 2012)
She missed the 2011 World Championships due to injury. (running.competitor.com, 13 Jul 2011; kenyarunner666.com, 12 Mar 2012)
She suffered an injury in 2008 that kept her out of athletics for three years.
(running.competitor.com, 13 Jul 2011; kenyarunner666.com, 12 Mar 2012)
Start of sporting career
She excelled in athletics from a young age and her talents were discovered in 2006. (guardian.co.uk, 26 Jul 2009)
FIRST KENYAN FEMALE RUNNER
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she became the first Kenyan female runner to win an Olympic gold. She won the medal aged 18.
(iaaf,org, 01 Sep 2010)
GOLDEN LEAGUE JACKPOT
At the start of 2008 she was not in the best shape. However, by the end of the year she had managed to win every race that she entered. After the Olympic Games, she went to the Grand Prix circuit to compete for the one-million dollar jackpot prize in the Golden League. The Golden League jackpot is a prize shared between female athletes who have won all six of their Golden League meetings. She won the final race and the jackpot. She became the first Kenyan to win the jackpot. After her win, she had one of the main roads in her home-town of Kapsabet renamed Pamela Jelimo Street. She said that "It was strange, but it was marvellous." The prize is 2500 times more than the average monthly salary in Kenya. (guardian.co.uk, 26 Jul 2009; starafrica.com, 13 Mar 2012)
She pays the school fees for some of her siblings and some of her cousins. She wants to build a school, especially for young girls because they tend to drop out more often and decide to get married. "My career comes first. Why do I need to invest? Some people here do not understand. For now, I want to focus on my training and running, but nothing else at the moment. A very nice school that will motivate people. A girl might go to primary school for one, two , three years and then drop out. They have no money so they say, 'Oh, I might get married.' It's a big problem. What can we do? Investing in education is not expensive." (guardian.co.uk, 26 Jul 2009)