LONDON - Former Lady Texan distance running sensation Sally Kipyego narrowly missed winning a second Olympic medal when she finished fourth in the finals of the women's 5,000m run Friday evening. Kipyego crossed the line in a time of 15 minutes, 5.79 seconds, just over a half-second behind bronze medalist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia.
Competing for her native country of Kenya, Kipyego remained in contention as the top four seperated themselves from the field when they picked up the pace over the final 1,600-meters after jogging through the first two-thirds of the race.
Kipyego faded to fourth over the final 200-meters of the race. Following the competition, Kipyego thanked her supporters on her Facebook page and expressed satisfaction with her efforts in London.
"In spite of missing a medal last night in the 5k I'm still very pleased with a silver and 4th place double at the Olympics. I still have a few more races before calling it a season but for now I've got some sightseeing to do!!!!!"
Kipyego won 16 national championships in college, seven competing for the Lady Texans followed by nine after transferring to Texas Tech.
After the Olympics conclude, Kipyego will likely race in one or more of the remaining Diamond League events in Stockholm, Lausanne, Birmingham, Zurich, and Berlin.