12 July 2012

Kenya: Kipyego Ready

World silver medallist Sally Kipyego believes her two-pronged attack at the 2012 London Olympics puts her in a better position to stage a medal winning performance.

Kipyego will take part in the 5,000m and 10,000m events and is optimistic of fairing well in her debut at the games. "Doubling up makes it two opportunities in one," said Kipyego. "A lot people would have wanted the two opportunities to boost their chances of getting a medal." "For me it's an opportunity. I know it will be tough but I have the opportunity to showcase my God given talent."

Kipyego will be running alongside double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot in both the races and believes this will provide her with an excellent medal opportunity. "She is one of the best athletes in the world and to even be part of the same team is an honour for me," Kipyego said of Vivian. "We may strategise together."

Kipyego won silver medal in the 10,000m, behind Vivian at last year's world athletics championships and will be hoping to upgrade it at the London games. She holds a personal best of 30:38.35 in the 25-lap race and has 14:30.42 as her PB in the 5,000m race.

She believes the London-bound contingent is one that harbours a lot of hopes in surpassing the 2008 Beijing Olympics medal tally of six gold, four silver and four bronze medals. "I am very optimistic of the team. We have shown over and over that we can compete at the world stage. Things are going well and if they remain the same then our team is going to perform fantastically." Kipyego was speaking on Tuesday night at the sidelines of SuperSport's launch of their coverage for the 30th edition of the festival.

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