Faith Kipyegon fires warning to Ethiopian rivals as she makes bold 5000m Olympic prediction

Faith Kipyegon fires warning to Ethiopian rivals as she makes bold 5000m Olympic prediction

Joel Omotto 18:32 - 14.06.2024

Multiple world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon has fired a warning shot to Kenya’s main 5,000m rivals Ethiopia after clinching her ticket to Paris alongside Beatrice Chebet.

Two-time Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon believes a medal sweep for Kenya is possible in the 5,000m after clinching her Olympics ticket alongside Beatrice Chebet.

In what was her first race of the season, Kipyegon did not show any signs of rustiness as she claimed victory in a time of 14:46.28 ahead of world 10,000m record holder Chebet, who clocked 14:52.55, while Margaret Chelimo managed third place in 14:59.39.

Kipyegon and Chebet claimed the two automatic places while Chelimo will be hoping to be the one selected by athletics Kenya to complete the 5,000m line-up and the two-time Olympics 1,500m champion is confident of a good outing in Paris.

“One is already gone, let’s see what will happen tomorrow [1,500m trials on Saturday] and we will come up with the final decision whether I will double or not,” said Kipyegon.

“I hope all will be well, I am going back to the drawing board with my team to discuss and come up with a solution. I thank God where I am now, it is way far and I hope for the best going forward.”

With Ethiopia, who have world 5,000m record holder Gudaf Tsegay in their ranks, considered Kenya’s biggest threat in the race, Kipyegon is unfazed by competition and remains confident of a medal sweep for her team.

“We will run our races, we don’t focus on one person. We will run as a team and depending on how you train, winning is easy. It is possible [to sweep the podium], if we work together it will come out,” she added.

Kipyegon and Chebet will be doubling in Paris, the former also featuring in her speciality, 1,500m where she is bidding for a third straight Olympics gold, while the latter will go for a gold hunt in 10,000m.