Kenya's Kipyego bags Olympics Silver medal
By Standard Digital Reporter
- Posted on: 04th Aug 2012
Kenya's Sally Kipyego bagged Olympics Silver medal, Vivian Cheruiyot Bronze while defending champion, Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba retained her title in Women's 10,000m final .
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba defended her Olympic 10,000m title with a dominant display giving her rivals little chance on a stunning final lap.
Leading with 500m to go, the 26-year-old broke away from Kenya's Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot to win in 30 minutes 20.76 seconds.
Dibaba's triumph was her third Olympic gold after winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Beijing - the first female athlete to do so.
After a steady first 4,000m where the pace was 74 seconds per lap, Kipyego began to drag out the race around the halfway mark.
Ethiopia's Werknesh Kidane took it on another gear around 7,600m as the leading runners slimmed down to just four with her team-mate Dibaba following Cheruiyot and Kipyego.
With three laps to go Kipyego found the front as Kidane slipped back but it mattered little as Dibaba tore down the finishing straight for the penultimate time.
It was unfortunate for Joyce Chepkurui, the third Kenyan in the race who dropped out after 17 laps.
-Additional reporting from BBC
London Olympics Sally Kipyego Tirunesh Dibaba Vivian Cheruiyot