Her performances this season have been nothing less than dominant, her journey to Brussels this night was most improbable. But at the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme, IAAF Golden meeting, in front of a sell-out 47,000 crowd in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, the Olympic and African champion Pamela Jelimo became a millionairess - in only her first season on the world athletics scene.
Jelimo won the women's 800m in 1:55.16 seconds ahead of compatriot and World Champion Janeth Jepkosgei whilst Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica was third.
Yet, a few months ago, the Kenyan teenager, was not even running the 800m, but she had been such a dominant force in the two-lap event this season that, had it not been for the emergence of Jamaican super star Usain Bolt, would have been the greatest story of the year.
Jelimo, 18, secured the $1 Million ÅF Golden League Jackpot outright tonight, as Croatia Blanka Vlasic’s hope of at least a share of the prize crumbled as she failed under pressure at 2.02 metres on count back to Arianne Friedrich of Germany in the women's high jump.
What a story for the little girl from the Nandi Hills. She turns 19 in December.