Sally Kipyego On A Mission To Daegu

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 5, 2011
After four tries, Sally Kipyego qualified for the Kenyan team. Photo: Daily Nation

After four tries, Sally Kipyego qualified for the Kenyan team. Photo: Daily Nation

She finally made the Kenyan team.

U.S.-based Kenyan Sally Kipyego has quite a task in front of her. The 25-year-old runner, who is the last-born from a family of seven, is on a mission to medal at the World Championships later this month in Deagu South Korea in the 10,000m event. But running is in Kipyego’s blood. Her brothers are Mike Kipyego, a former world 3000m steeplechase champion and marathoner Christoper Kipyego.

Sally Kipyego, a graduate Texas Tech, has tried and failed to make the Kenyan national team four times.

But this year she did it.

“After making frantic efforts over the years to make the team, I decided to travel back home early this time,” she said.  ”I usually train in the USA and come home for the national trials. But I realised that was my undoing. I then decided to pitch tent in Iten and it eventually paid off.”

Kipyego’s 10-year career has been full of ups and downs. She had a calf injury for three seasons and nearly quit the sport altogether, opting to enroll in college in Texas.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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