Kipyego Seeking Second Medal in London
Former Texas Tech great Sally Kipyego earned silver in the women's 10,000 meter and will look to medal again in the 5,000-meter.
Aug. 9, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Exactly one week after winning silver in the women's 10,000-meter run, former Texas Tech great Sally Kipyego will have the rare opportunity to medal once again at the 2012 London Olympics.
Kipyego, who won an unprecedented nine NCAA Championships while at Texas Tech, is scheduled to run in the finals of the women's 5,000-meter run Friday afternoon at 2:05 p.m.
"She has always overachieved," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "It just shows the quality runner she is and how tough she is. She has always been a person that comes through."
That's exactly what Kipyego did last week. The Kenyan native came through on the largest stage the sport has to offer as she won silver in the finals of the women's 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:26.37. With silver in hand, she became the first Texas Tech athlete to medal in an individual event on the Olympic stage in school history.
In a tightly contested battle for the top three spots, Kipyego took the lead with an impressive push entering the final 1,500 meters of the 10,000-meter race. But she was overtaken by defending gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia on the final lap.
"She just showed tremendous courage," Kittley said. "That was what I was impressed with. She went ahead and had the courage to take the race out and no one wanted to do that, but she knew she had to."
On Tuesday, Kipyego turned in yet another impressive performance by finishing third overall in the qualifying round of the women's 5,000-meter run and thus securing her spot in Friday's finals. There, Kipyego will square off with Dibaba once again as she finished first overall in the qualifying round of 5,000-meter run.
Kipyego, only 26 years old, has certainly made her mark on both the collegiate and Olympic stage by cementing herself as one of the top distance runners in the world.
However, she also excelled as student at Texas Tech as well. Kipyego was accepted into nursing school after transferring from South Plains College and eventually earned her degree in 2009.
"She was just always a tremendous student-athlete," Kittley said. "She really exemplified what your wanting a student-athlete to be. We couldn't be more proud of her."