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Kiprop Looking To End Medal Drought

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 5, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM UTC
Wilson Kiprop (left) has the best chances of a 10,000m gold in London. Photo: IAAF

He wants to bring home the 10,000m gold in London.

Forty-four years ago Naftali Temu of Kenya won an Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 meters. Since then, there have been many world-class performances on the track by Kenyan runners, but none of them have equaled Temu’s feat.

Wilson Kiprop wants to end this medal drought in London this summer.

RELATED: Wilson Kiprop Wins Kenyan Olympic Trials 10K

Last Friday, he won the Kenyan Olympic Trials, which were held in Eugene, Oregon as part of the Prefontaine Classic, clocking 27:01.98.

“I feel good about it,” Kiprop said of his win.”For now I can’t say anything because the task ahead of me is bigger than what I did  [on Friday night]. I have to go back to Kenya and we have to plan how to score this goal. It is a hard task.”

Athletics Kenya officials are taking the drought seriously. The entire group of Kenyan runners spent two months together at a mandatory training camp in Eldoret.

Kiprop pointed out that this camp was unusual and that it’s the Ethiopians, not the Kenyans, who typically get together and train.

For More: IAAF

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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