Kipchoge and Kiprotich have they money to live a fancy, modern lifestyle, but they choose to live in bare bones conditions, sharing small rooms with other runners and doing their share of communal chores as their optimal training environment.
Kipchoge: “People forget that money cannot be harvested. If you want to harvest the money, you need to plant the seeds. And what are the seeds? The seeds are hard training.”
They also have a medal hope in Solomon Mutai who won bronze at Worlds this summer.
“In such competition and in such conditions, everyone is a threat. I won’t be watching Dennis only. I have to keep a close watch on everyone who is running with us.”
On records vs medals: “To win a medal is very important, but to hold the world record is very important, too. There are more medal winners than world record-holders.”
The walk for peace is to raise awareness of ethnic violence in northern Kenya where cattle rustling and revenge killings are common. Wilson Kipsang, Paul Tergat, Ezekiel Kemboi, Haile Gebrselassie and Stephen Kiprotich are among those participating.
Kiprotich opens up a lot about UAF and the current sexual harassment scandal with Peter Wemali. He also brings up times UAF has wronged him in the past (by kicking him off teams) that he has never publicly mentioned until now.
3 years ago, he stunned himself by beating Haile G for 3rd. before stunning the world in London.
Many were speculating he wouldn't race. "I know it is going to be tough but I will concentrate and try to put up a good show."
Little Elizabeth was conceived right after Stephen returned from the Olympics and born 10 months later. She died of "breathing problems."
Article wonders how Kiprotich won the Olympics and World Champs, but is nowhere close in London or NYC WMM. Well, 5th in NYC isn't too bad and the "WR pace, last man standing" type race in London isn't going to favor a guy who has only ran 2:07:20 and clearly excels in championship style races.
He says last year it was too much for him running London, Moscow World Champs and then NYC.
Farah ran 60:00 to just hold off Kenya's Mike Kigen by less than a second. Stephen Kiprotich was 3rd (61:35). Keitany beat Radcliffe's record by a second with 65:39 as UK's Gemma Steel was 2nd (68:13) and Olympic marathon champ Tiki Gelana 3rd (68:45). Keitany's time was the second fastest half-marathon of all time (although the course isn't record eligible). Tirunesh Dibaba was a DNS. *Top Results
Kiprotich might be the simplest guy you will ever meet as his favorite types of training sessions are all of them, his favorite drink is water and if he had to pick any track athlete to go to dinner with it'd be his training partner.
The double Euro silver medalist has only ran 1:04:43 and is hoping to run in the 61-minute range. He'll be in the race where Mo Farah will face Olympic/World marathon champ Stephen Kiprotich.