Kipyegon hoping Bydgoszcz experience will count as she bids for World cross defence

By evelyn watta
Mar 19, 2013
  • Faith Chepng'etich Kipyegon crosses the finish line to win the junior race during the national cross country trials.(Photo:SNA File)

She turned 19 last January but World cross-country junior champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon already boasts a wealth of experience on the big stage.

She won the gold medal at the world cross country in Punta Umbria in 2011 and the World youth 1500m crown the same year in Lille.

The 2012 World junior champion qualified for the Olympic games in London where she ran in the 1500m. Quite imposing performances for the petite-framed runner from Keringet who has some unfinished business at the Polish city of Bydgoszcz where she crossed the line fourth in her competitive cross country debut.

“I now know the course very well. I have run in muddy conditions and trained hard for hilly course,” said Kipyegon the only Kenyan medallist from 2011 returning to defend her title in the absence of Vivian Cheruiyot who won the women’s senior crown.

“Then the speed work from my run in Barcelona, London Olympics should definitely help my sprint which was not so good in 2010.”

“When Faith was running in Bydgoszcz she was only 16,”added her coach Kipng’etich Ng’eno from the Keringet running club who is also one of the three assigned to the Kenya cross country team which has been in residential training at the St Marks Teachers college in Kigari, Embu.

“She had no experience.But now she is stronger, mature and tactical in her running. On a good day she is the junior to beat.”

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Certainly, after a slow start to the cross-country season winning only her race in Eldoret, Kipyegon’s competitive experience earned her final national junior crown at the trials held in Nairobi last February.

“I would like to finish at the top, because this will give me morale and the boost I need to compete with the seniors,” she said also eyeing World champonship qualification in the 1500m after testing the waters in Shanghai last May when she raced to her personal best (4:03.82) in the 1500m.

“The speed work from my run in Barcelona, London Olympics will definitely help my sprint.” Her training mate fast rising Roseline Chepngetich is also part of Kenya’s squad alongside Eastern African 1500m Youth silver medallist Sheila Chepngetich, World Youth 3000m bronze winner Caroline Chepkoech fifth in Barcelona last year, Agnes Chebet and Pauline Kaveke.

Kipyegon will be bidding to become only the second woman in world cross country history after Viola Kibiwott in 2001 and 2002 to win the junior race twice.