18 Jun

Vivian Cheruiyot Underlines Olympic Challenge

Vivian Cheruiyot

Vivian Cheruiyot, 2012 Laureus world female athlete of the year and double world champion at 5,000m and 10,000m in Daegu, confirmed that she will be a major force in London in August with success in the Kenyan National 10,000m championships on Friday (June 15). The diminutive Cheruiyot stepped up the pace in the later stages after a slow start to the race - it took the field nearly 17 minutes to reach half-way - to finish first in 32:24.51 ahead of Joyce Chepkirui (32:24.71) and Sally Kipyego (32:26.82).

An Olympic final quality field and a modest early pace meant that with seven laps to go a pack of nine were still in contention. 2009 world champion Linet Masai then made a push only to drop out with 3 laps remaining. Joyce Chepkirui then moved to the front; Cheruiyot tucked in behind with Florence Kiplagat, Sally Kipyego and Priscah Jeplateng.

Vivian Cheruiyot asserted her authority over the final lap to reach the tape ahead of Chepkirui and Kipyego. This trio will now head to London for the Olympic final on August 3.