Defending Beijing Olympic gold medalist Kenyan Pamela Jelimo tells Kenyans she is afraid of the rising Ethiopian 800 meter star Fantu Magiso for the 2012 London Olympic. Fantu took her New York admirers by surprise by breaking a new course record. Fantu made an astonishing performance in her famous win in Istanbul (2:00.30) followed by New York 800 meter new course record (1:57.48).
The 20 year old is the latest phenomenon in 800 meter distance run since the Maria Mutola also known as “The Maputo Express”. Mutola dominated the women’s 800 meter event more than a decade taking every silver medal in the Olympics and a gold medal in the world champion.
Although there are three strong legs in the picture the Kenyan reigning world and Olympic champion 22 years old Pamela Jelimo, South African Semania Caster and European champion Maria Savinova, Fantu Magiso is growing by the day to claim the crown. She has beaten them all in recent competitions but the Olympics might be something different.
Fantu’s first international appearance was on the All African Games in Gaborone/Botswana in 2011 where she won a silver medal in 800 meter. The public awaits her return home with the Olympic gold medal, the first ever for Ethiopia in 800 meter distance. “Fantu is my biggest threat in the London Olympics. She is the only one who could stop me from winning the gold medal” said Jelimo to Kenyan news paper after an easy win in a national championship held last week.