Birir is the 1992 Olympic steeplechase champ ahead of favorite Patrick Sang (now Kipchoge's coach).
Asked about her rivalry with Shannon Rowbury, Simpson talks about how having to go up against Sally Kipyego in college made her a lot better.
Kipyego also talked about how she is disappointed with the Kenyan government for not meeting the WADA deadline and feels that they let the athletes down.
He and Mary Keitany will try to defend their titles, while OTC's Sally Kipyego will make her marathon debut. She has been training in Kenya since June and hopes to make the Kenyan marathon squad for Rio.
Finishing one second behind Cheruiyot to secure a spot for Worlds was former NCAA champ Betsy Saina. Commonwealth champ Joyce Chepkirui was 3rd and World XC champ Agnes Tirop 5th. OTC's Sally Kipyego was a DNF.
“I’m fit and back in shape after a long layoff injury. I had a good run last year but unfortunately didn’t make it for the Commonwealth Games ... “I have prepared well, done a lot of work but this is Kenya, you never know what will happen, so I will just step onto the track and hope for the best."
Race also has Sally Kipyego, World XC champ Agnes Jebet, former World XC champ Emily Chebet, Half WR Holder Florence Kiplagat, Commonwealth champ Joyce Chhepkirui, World Half champ Gladys Cherono and Linet Masai.
Kenya's Daily Nation talks to Sally Kipyego and Betsy Saina about returning to Kenya to get ready for the qualifiers.
Silas Kiplabat vs WJR holder Ronald Kwemoi in the 1500. Taufik Makhloufi vs Adam Kszczot in the 800. Sifan Hassan is in the 800 against France's recent sub-2 runner Renelle Lamote. Jairus Birech vs Paul Kipsiele Koech in the steeple.
She faces a deep field which includes Genzebe Dibaba, Sally Kipyego, Betsy Saina, Molly Huddle and more.
Symmonds says his least favorite workouts are long sessions like 1000m to mile repeats or tempos. When he was with OTC he used to run them with Sally Kipyego and she would run away from him.
Lauren Fleshman. If she had a band, she'd want Nick Willis to be the lead singer and Ezekiel Kemboi on drums for his energy.
Monday from 6:30PM to 8PM ET and Tuesday 4PM to 5:30PM ET. Will include interviews with some top athletes including Lawi Lalang and guests including Andrew Wheating and Sally Kipyego.
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Nice preview on the boards. The field, in addition to Sally Kipyego and Molly Huddle, features Julia Bleasdale, who dominated the Carlsbad 5,000m.
NY Times coverage of the race.
Photos from the race and the scary scene with Farah passing out after.