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Though I haven't been watching as much as the Olympic Games as I had originally planned, I have been following the results and was thrilled when I learned that 18 year-old Kenyan Pamela Jelimo won the gold medal Monday night in the 800-meter. The first woman to ever win gold for Kenya, Jelimo's time was 1 minute 54.87 seconds.
Born in Kapsabet, Kenya, Jelimo's inspiration is her mother, Rodah Jeptoo Keter, who gave up her running career when she married, according to today's New York Times. Another interesting fact about Jelimo was reported in Nairobi's The Nation. For her trip to Beijing, she packed Mursik to prepare for her race Monday night. Mursik a ceremonial drink of fermented milk that is sometimes flavored with a charcoal powder from the Senetwet tree. "I carried just enough to keep me going throughout the games. This milk is rich in calcium and I take it sometimes three times a day," said Jelimo to The Nation.
Back to the Beijing and the 800-meter: fellow Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei came in second and Morocco's Hasna Benhassi finished third with the bronze medal.