January 29, 2017
2012 Olympic 10,000-meter silver medallist Sally Kipyego became a U.S. citizen on Wednesday and since then, the question has been whether the native of Kenya, who runs for the Oregon Track Club and finished second at last year’s New York City Marathon, would represent the United States moving forward. Under IAAF rules, Kipyego should be able to represent the U.S. immediately, should she so choose, as she has completed three years of continuous residence in the United States.
That point may be moot, however, as right now Kipyego is unsure if she wants to represent the U.S. moving forward. The following statement was released by her agent Chris Layne on Sunday regarding Kipyego’s future plans:
“A little over 12 years ago I landed in the US for the first time and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been afforded. Obtaining U.S. citizenship was a personal milestone that was also extremely important for my family. I have not yet determined how this will impact my professional running career, if at all, but I will consider all of my options with those closest to me before making any decision.”
This article has been corrected to reflect when Kipyego would be able to compete.