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.