Kipyego trailed in sixth position in the women's 10,000m,
while Cheruiyot won the race in 31:36.40 after virtually running
alone for eight laps with Betsy Saina in second (32:04.66) and
Gladys Chepsir third in 32:17.13.
US-based Kipyego, who won the 2012 Olympics silver, admitted she
managed a below-par performance at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in
this athletics-mad North Rift Valley town, some 350km north west
of the east African nationís capital Nairobi.
"Today wasnít the best for me. Obviously, I wanted to make the
team to Rio, but I was not physically there. I donít know what
happened, and I am disappointed," said the 30-year-old nursing
graduate from Texas Tech.
"That is life. Sometimes you have a good day, sometimes you have
a bad day, today happens to be the bad day. Tomorrow I will do
morning run and continue with life.
"I just have to change direction and redirect my energies to
something else, most likely to the roads and keep working hard,"
Cheruiyot, popularly known as the 'Pocket Rocket', will go for
the 5,000m on Friday. She won bronze in 10,000m in London four
years ago and silver in 5,000m.
"I am so happy for the win and I am looking forward to Rio. It
will be competitive but I leave everything to God.
"I canít say I will win Olympic gold, even though it is the most
important medal missing from my collection, but I will prepare
"There is still time to train and I leave everything in the
hands of God. Everybody is in good shape. We will plan with
Betsy (Saina) and Alice (Aprot)," she said.
(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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