Kiprop believes 1500 m record will be broken
World and Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop has expressed confidence
Kenyans will break the Olympic record established 12 years ago by
compatriot Noah Ngeny during the London Games.
Kiprop, along with countrymen Silas Kiplagat and Nixon Chepseba
will form a formidable team at the games, as all of them have run the
fastest times in the world this year. “It’s hard to pick who between
the three of us will win the gold medal. But I am sure that the
Olympic record of 3min 29.77sec set by Noah Ngeny 12 years ago will be
broken,” said Kiprop.
Ngeny set the mark when he outsprinted world record holder Hicham El
Guerrouj of Morocco in one of the biggest upsets at the Sydney Games
in 2000, breaking the previous record held by Britain’s Sebastian Coe,
who is now the chairman of the London Olympics organising committee.
Kiprop tuned up for the Olympics by winning the 1500m in a world
leading time of 3:28.88 seconds in Monaco last week, where Chepseba,
who finished second, also returned a personal best 3:29.77 seconds.
“We are all ready to compete in the London Olympics. It is going to be
a competitive race, but it is our hope that we will bring all the
three medals to Kenya,” Kiprop said. But Kiprop ruled out an attack on
El Guerrouj’s world record of 3:26.00, saying it would be difficult
without the assistance of pace-setters.