STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Former SPC distance running sensation Sally Kipyego took second place overall in today's 5,000 meter run at the DN Galan Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm.
Kipyego, who recently placed second in the 10,000 meter run in her native country Kenya's national track championships to earn a berth to next month's IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, bided her time by running with the main pack until surging to second with three laps to go. She maintained second place for all but a brief stretch before regaining the position and crossing the line with a time of 14 minutes, 43.87 seconds.
Kipyego is currently the fastest woman over 10,000 meters with her time of 30:38.35 run May 1 in Palo Alto, Calif.
During her time at South Plains College and then Texas Tech University, Kipyego won multiple titles and was virtually unbeatable at the college level. Since becoming a professional after exhausting her eligibility following the 2008 NCAA cross country season, the wins have not come quite so easily. 2010 was a breakout season in which she ran a personal best 5,000 meter time of 14:38.64. On top of her world No. 1 time in the 10,000 M Run for 2011 (and making the World Championship team), Kipyego is the ninth fastest female over 5,000 meters.
South Plains College had another World No. 1 athlete competing in Stockholm Friday when Rondell Bartholomew took his world leading time of 44.65 seconds in the 400 meters to the starting line. A sluggish start, however, proved too much for Bartholomew to overcome as he finished fifth in the star-studded field with a time of 45.32 seconds.
Bartholomew will look to improve upon today's performance when he competes against another strong 400-meter field at the Aviva London Grand Prix one week from today on Friday, August 5. The 400 meter race is scheduled for 8:27 p.m. local time in London, 2:27 p.m. (CST).