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Kipyego Finishes Fourth in 5k Olympic Final

Former Lady Raider Sally Kipyego finished fourth in the finals of the 10,000-meter run at the London Olympics.


Aug. 10, 2012

LONDON - Former Lady Raider great Sally Kipyego finished fourth in the finals of the women's 5,000-meter run Friday in her final race at the 2012 London Olympics. The Kenyan native crossed the finish line with a time of 15:05.79, just over a second-and-a-half behind gold medalist Meseret Defar of Ethiopia.

"It's just been a fabulous performance by her in her first Olympics," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm just incredibly proud of her to get a silver in the 10,000-meter and to finish fourth in the 5,000-meter today."

Kipyego qualified for the finals of the 5,000-meter run after finishing with a time of 15:01.87 Tuesday in the preliminaries at Olympic Stadium. Friday's final came exactly one week after she won silver in the finals of the 10,000-meter run.

With her silver medal performance last week, she became the fourth Texas Tech track and field product to medal in the Olympics since 2008.

During her unprecedented career at Texas Tech which spanned just two-and-a-half years from 2006-09, Kipyego captured nine national titles in track and field and cross country. She ended her athletic career as the most decorated student-athlete in Texas Tech history while earning a nursing degree in the spring of 2009.

Kipyego has been a member of the Oregon Track Club Elite since the fall of 2009.



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