DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 27: Sally Kipyego of Kenya breaks down in tears after the women's 10,000 metres final during day one of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Sally Kipyego might very well be the best athlete to ever wear the Red and Black and that was before she won a silver medal in yesterday's action at the London Olympics. NBC Olympics caught up with Kipyego's and her story and she credits her ride to where she is now:
After two years away from running, she earned a scholarship to South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas in 2004 despite being "fat and out of shape." At South Plains, Kipyego won JUCO national titles at 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m in both 2005 and 2006. She enrolled at Texas Tech, where she became the first Kenyan woman to win the NCAA Cross Country title (three times), and won NCAA titles at both 3000m and 5000m (indoors and outdoors), and 10,000m while earning a degree in nursing.
"The college system helped me a lot, to develop as a young athlete and to develop as a person in general," Kipyego said. "Going through the NCAA system was huge for me because I got to develop slowly and I didn’t feel like I was rushed. Now, at this age, I can compete with the best in the world and feel like I am there."
Here are the highlights to the race and you can also watch the entire race online. Holy smokes, Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba absolutely turns it on towards the end of the race and she sprinted the last 400m and made it look effortless. And it's not like Kipyego was walking. Terrific effort. The official site and the LAJ also have articles on yesterday's race. Kipyego will also be running in the 5,000m this week as well.