Kipyego Captures Silver in London
Former Texas Tech great Sally Kipyego captured silver Friday in the finals of the 10,000-meter run in London.
August 3, 2012
LONDON - Former Texas Tech student-athlete Sally Kipyego captured a silver medal Friday in the finals of the women's 10,000-meter run on the opening day of track and field competition at the London Olympics.
Kipyego, who won nine NCAA Championships during her unprecedented Texas Tech career, crossed the finish line second with a time of 30:26.37-nearly six seconds ahead of Kenyan teammate Vivian Jepkemoi who finished third.
"I'm just incredibly proud of Sally and her effort," Texas Tech head cross country coach Jon Murray said. "Her entire history of running was exemplified in what she was able to do today."
Her time was a personal-best - more than 23 seconds faster than her silver medal time of 30:50.04 at the 2011 IAAF World Championships.
Kipyego's silver medal is the fourth medal won by a former Texas Tech athlete at the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In Beijing, Michael Mathieu and Andrae Williams won silver as members of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team while Shereefa Lloyd won bronze as a member of the Jamaican 4x400 relay.
Kipyego, running for her home country of Kenya, took the lead at the 5,000-meter mark after running alongside a two Kenyan teammates during the opening stretch of the race. She then slipped back into third before making a final push once again and taking the overall lead heading into the final 1,000-meters.
"It was a very brave move," Murray said. "Someone had to be willing to do it, and she stepped up and there and set the pace for the whole group."
In the final lap Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia made a strong push to retake the lead and eventually cross the finish line in first place.
Kipyego, who ended her decorated Texas Tech career in 2009, is scheduled to compete in the first round of the women's 5,000-meter run on Aug. 7.