Pamela Jelimo Receives Olympic Medal A Decade Later

The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) awarded former 800-meter runner Pamela Jelimo a bronze medal for her exploits in the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

This comes after the disqualification of Russian athlete Mariya Savinova by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over doping malpractices.

In the tightly competitive race, Jelimo finished fourth with a time of 1:57.59 behind Savinova, South Africa’s Caster Semenya, and Russia’s Ekaterina Poistogova.

As a result of the disqualification, Semenya was awarded the gold medal while Poistogova was given the silver medal.

Fellow Olympians Janeth Jepkosgei and Hellen Obiri were also awarded for their London 2012 Olympic Games exploits.

Jelimo noted how the medal could have changed the course of her career in terms of work and promotions hence the bitter-sweet feeling.

“If you ask me, it feels like a bitter-sweet pill for me. It feels sweet because it’s a great day that I finally get to receive my medal after a decade. Surely, training for four years and then getting nothing at the 2012 London Olympics because of some cheats feels bad. There is still that bitterness in me,” Jelimo stated.

Sports Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba, NOC-K executive president, Paul Tergat, and IOC Solidarity deputy director, Pamela Vipond were all in attendance.

Namwamba lauded Jelimo for her hard work and further emphasized Kenya’s zero tolerance on doping.

“There is honour in losing than cheating hence I feel how painful it can be to wait for that long. That is why our top priority and our new mantra as government and Athletics Kenya is absolute zero tolerance to doping,” Namwamba stated.

Pamela Jelimo was the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold medal.