Reigning Olympic Games silver medalist sally Kipyego will renew her rivalry with two time world champion Vivian Cheruiyot during the national trials for IAAF world championships and All Africa Games this weekend at Nyayo National stadium, Nairobi.
Kipyego who is based in the USA will be competing in 10,000m, which is her favourite same as Cheruiyot. The two missed the 2013 world championships in Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia in the last edition of the world championship. Kipyego was out injured with a broken foot while Cheruiyot was on sabbatical leave.
Their miss on the track gave an easy ride for Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar to win ahead of Kenyan Mercy Cherono on second as Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia took bronze.
Speaking after training at Kamariny stadium in Iten, Kipyego was optimistic that she will make the Kenya team ahead of the world event in Beijing China.
“I want to cut into the Kenya team to prove that am still strong on track. Though I will face competition from other athletes,” said Kipyego.
Commenting on Cheruiyot as they will compete alongside each other she said they are great friends. She also looks at her as a role model.
“At the same time, I have running brothers like Mike Kipyego and Christopher Kipyego whom I also look up for motivation. It is fun to have people in your family to look up for greatness.”
“She (Vivian) is one of those great women who have done the sport in such a beautiful way. She is not coming into the limelight recently but she started way back when she was fifteen years coming all the way to where she is. We have mutual respect for each other. We are also friends outside the track.” Said Kipyego adding that she has got a few times competing against her.
The two competed together during the 2012 London Olympic Games and world championships in Daegu in 2011 interchanging the positions.
In Olympic games, Cheruiyot won silver in 5,000m and bronze in 10,000m while Kipyego scooped silver in 10,000m. in Daegu world championships, Kipyego played second fiddle to Cheruiyot in 10,000m.
“Am sorry that we both did not run in 2013 world events as she was in maternity leave while I got injured and so we are coming out together again and the trials will pose a great challenge since we are fierce competitors,” said Kipyego.
Talking about Kenzebe Dibaba, Kipyego was optimistic that she will not be competing against her but will compete against herself.
“I can control sally Kipyego and not Dibaba. I know my body very well but not hers. So if I make the team, of which I will, I will run against myself and bring gold to Kenya,” added Kipyego.