Kenya's Kipyegon ready for Olympic title defence after long absence

ELDORET, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenya’s Olympic 1,500 meters champion Religion Kipyegon mentioned on Thursday that successful a silver medal at this yr’s International Championships in Doha after having a toddler had motivated her to check out to retain the Olympic name at Tokyo 2020.

Religion Chepngetich Kipyegon, the 1500 metre Olympic champion, attends the 2019 Athletes Annual Convention in Eldoret, Kenya, December five, 2019. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Kipyegon returned to festival this season after taking just about two years off for the beginning of her daughter remaining yr and has recovered from an adductor harm picked up in June.

“To return again in 2019 very strongly after maternity go away has simply motivated me for subsequent yr,” the 25-year-old informed Reuters at an Athletics Kenya convention within the northwestern town of Eldoret.

Kipyegon received silver in Doha in a time of three:54.22, greater than two seconds at the back of Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.

“I used to be in reality stunned and I’m taking a look ahead to subsequent yr to run (higher) than this yr.”

Kipyegon is underneath no illusions concerning the difficult festival she’s going to face in her try to retain her Olympic crown.

“I simply pray to God to provide me energy and to have a spirit of preventing in Tokyo as a result of I do know it is going to be a robust race there,” she mentioned.

Kipyegon is particularly cautious of the danger posed via Hassan, who received the 1,500-10,000 meters double on the worlds.

“I do know Sifan is now motivated so much,” she mentioned. “We’re all going there for the gold medal.”

Kipyegon had a nagging hip harm after the Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 worlds however she has now recovered and is taking a look ahead to competing within the 2020 Diamond League and on the Olympics.

Reporting via Omar Mohammed and Isaack Omulo; Modifying via Ken Ferris

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