- Janeth Jepkosgei said women go through so much in life that some give up on their careers after giving birth
- Jepkosgei told women who have given birth and those with family to find a way of balancing family and career
- She said becoming a mom should not stop a woman from achieving their dreams
Veteran runner Janeth Jepkosgei has encouraged women not to stop following their dreams no matter what happens in their lives.
Jepkosgei said women go through so much in life some end up giving up on their careers after giving birth.
"Ladies, we go through so much, don’t let giving birth, becoming a mom, stop you from achieving your dreams. We are stronger than we think, "Janeth Jepkosgei said.
She told women who have given birth and with family to find a way of balancing family and career.
"Find a way to balance both. Fight! You’re a fighter," Stand your ground in all levels," she said.
Who is Janeth Jepkosgei?
Jepkosgei, nicknamed "Eldoret Express", from Kabirirsang, is a former world 800m champion.
She was born on December 13, 1983, and she attended Sing'ore Girls High School near Iten, where she first won the national secondary school championship in the heptathlon while in Form One.
She started by running 400m hurdles then later switched to 800m.
In 2003, Jepkosgei took part in all-Africa games but failed to reach the 800m final, but she didn't give up.
Her breakthrough year was on March 24, 2006, when she won the women's 800m event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Jepkosgei also made history on August 28, 2007, when she won gold in the World Championship 800m final in Osaka, becoming the first female Kenyan middle-distance runner to achieve gold.
Jepkosgei the coach
After retiring, the decorated runner ventured into coaching upcoming runners. She established Kapkemoiywo Athletics Camp in Nandi county in 2015.
The camp is currently home to 86 junior runners; she has been training the junior runners who have to participate in games like the World Under 20 Championships.
All these achievements prove that Jepkosgei was passionate about her career, and she has never given up.
Suluhu on sporty women
In a separate story, President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania came under criticism after she made remarks that suggested flat-chested women are not as attractive to men compared to their counterparts who have "well-endowed" chests.
Speaking on Sunday, August 22, Suluhu claimed that flat-chested women are not the best candidate for marriage, suggesting most men prefer women with 'decorated' chests as mates.