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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon breaks world record

KENYAN track star Faith Kipyegon has once again etched her name in the annals of athletics history, breaking her own world record in the women’s 1,500 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Paris. The news has sparked jubilant celebrations across Kenya, where Kipyegon is hailed as a national hero.

Kenyan President William Ruto lead in the nation in celebration. He said: “Faith Kipyegon has once again made history. Congratulations on breaking your own record in the 1500m race. Your victory is a testament to the rewards of hard work and determination, a valuable lesson to the aspiring young athletes who look up to you.”

Kenyan Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba told reporters, that Kipyegon’s extraordinary achievement filled every Kenyan with immense pride. “She embodies the spirit of our nation and continues to inspire millions with her unwavering dedication and remarkable talent,” Namwamba said.

Kipyegon’s new world record time of 3:49.04 surpassed her previous mark of 3:49.11 set in Italy last year. The feat comes just months before the Paris 2024 Olympics, where she is heavily favored to defend her gold medal in the event.

In Eldoret, known as the ‘City of Champions’ and a hub for Kenyan distance runners, impromptu street celebrations erupted as news of Kipyegon’s record spread. Local coach Bernard Ouma said, “Faith’s success resonates deeply here. She’s not just breaking records; she’s breaking barriers for young Kenyan athletes who dream of following in her footsteps.”

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Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, expressed confidence in her form ahead of the Paris Games. “I knew the world record was possible because I recently ran very fast in Kenya,” she said, referencing her impressive 3:53.98 performance at Kenya’s Olympic Trials.

As Kenyans celebrate this latest triumph, expectations are high for Kipyegon to bring home another Olympic gold. Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei stated, “Faith’s record-breaking run in Paris is a promising sign. We believe she will make Kenya proud once again at the Olympics.”

The 30-year-old athlete’s remarkable achievement has not only bolstered national pride but also reinforced Kenya’s status as a powerhouse in middle and long-distance running on the global stage.

By The African Mirror