Kenya’s Kipyegon prepared for Olympic title protection after lengthy absence

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ELDORET, Kenya (Information) – Kenya’s Olympic 1,500 meters champion Religion Kipyegon stated on Thursday that successful a silver medal at this yr’s World Championships in Doha after having a child had motivated her to attempt to retain the Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.

Religion Chepngetich Kipyegon, the 1500 metre Olympic champion, attends the 2019 Athletes Annual Convention in Eldoret, Kenya, December 5, 2019. Information/Njeri Mwangi

Kipyegon returned to competitors this season after taking practically two years off for the beginning of her daughter final yr and has recovered from an adductor damage picked up in June.

“To come back again in 2019 very strongly after maternity go away has simply motivated me for subsequent yr,” the 25-year-old advised Information at an Athletics Kenya convention within the northwestern metropolis of Eldoret.

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

“I used to be actually stunned and I’m trying ahead to subsequent yr to run (higher) than this yr.”

Kipyegon is underneath no illusions concerning the powerful competitors she is going to face in her try to retain her Olympic crown.

“I simply pray to God to offer me energy and to have a spirit of preventing in Tokyo as a result of I do know will probably be a powerful race there,” she stated.

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

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

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

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