World 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi was not in her best shape at the time she travelled to Europe early last month.

The 26-year-old still carried pain from a niggle and posted a time of two minutes and 2.52 seconds in a distant sixth place at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands on June 6.

Nakaayi is picking up fast after fully recovering while at the Global Sports Communication (GSC) camp in Dutch city Nijmegen.

“She is already in much better shape,” explained her coach Addy Ruiter. Ruiter is back at the GSC camp in Kapchorwa with Joshua Cheptegei but he is part of the key planners for Nakaayi.

Peak further

The middle-distance star Nakaayi now has room to peak further when she lines-up for the 800m race at the Bislett Games, a Diamond League (DL) event in Oslo, Norway tonight.

“I am just excited to compete again in the DL,” Nakaayi said upon arriving in Oslo in company of her training partner Ronald Musagala. “I am feeling great and I hope for better results in Oslo,” she stated.

On June 19, Nakaayi had fashioned better with a season best time of 2:00.62 in second place at the Lyonnais Meeting in France.

“Yes, but that was, because of the injury she had, without speed sessions. We stayed with that one week ago and the body is responding very well,” Ruiter noted.

Ruiter thinks Nakaayi can break the two-minute barrier for the first time this year in Oslo. “It depends on how the pacing is and the other girls are running but 1:59 is in her legs,” he added.