EUGENE, Ore. -- Wilson Kiprop used a late surge to win the 10,000 meters at the Kenyan Olympic trials held at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night.
Kiprop finished in a world-leading time of 27 minutes, 1.98 seconds as he beat his personal best by nearly 25 seconds on a rain-soaked track. Moses Masai was second and Bitan Karoki took third to round out Kenya's 10,000-meter squad for the London Games.
Athletics Kenya elected to hold its trials in Eugene to take advantage of the low altitude. The 25-year-old Kiprop took the lead with around 50 meters to go and steadily pulled away from Masai down the homestretch.
Asked if he could envision this victory, Kiprop simply said, "I could not imagine I could win the race today. It's something very incredible."