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Faith Kipyegon: from walking to school in rural Kenya to setting world athletics alight

Faith Kipyegon: from walking to school in rural Kenya to setting world athletics alight

FAITH Kipyegon has broken her own 1,500m world record just weeks ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics – where she has set her sights on her third consecutive gold over the distance. No athlete in history has won three Olympic 1,500m titles and it would make 2024 a huge year for the Kenyan star, who also competes in the 5,000m event. Kipyegon was in the headlines throughout 2023 - and particularly at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. That’s because she broke three world records in less than two months on her way to Hungary, where she lifted…
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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon breaks world record

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…
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Kipyegon targets double gold in Paris

Kipyegon targets double gold in Paris

DOUBLE Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon said she is looking forward to a bright summer in Paris, where she will chase two gold medals, after winning the 1500m and 5000m at the Kenyan Olympics Trials in Nairobi. Despite not competing since September’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, the 30-year-old secured her ticket in both distances for the Paris Olympics with a season's best performance. A day after winning the 5000m in 14:46.28, the Rio and Tokyo Games 1500m champion demonstrated her mastery of the distance on Saturday, setting the track ablaze with a record time of 3:53.98, the fastest time ever in…
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Kipyegon, Lyles among six crowned at expanded World Athletics Awards

Kipyegon, Lyles among six crowned at expanded World Athletics Awards

 SIX athletes - Faith Kipyegon, Noah Lyles, Armand "Mondo" Duplantis, Tigist Assefa, Kelvin Kiptum, and Yulimar Rojas - were all named World Athletes of the Year after the awards were expanded into three categories. The 2023 World Athletics Awards have been divided into track, field and out-of-stadia categories following feedback received during the voting process, the organisers said. "The depth of talent and the outstanding performances in our sport this year more than justify the expansion," said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe. "Our World Athletes of the Year alone have achieved seven world records ... in 2023, as well as a…
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Women on top: How female athletes rescued top running nations in the 2023 World Athletics Championships medals table

Women on top: How female athletes rescued top running nations in the 2023 World Athletics Championships medals table

WHILE the USA was the top-ranked country in Hungary, with 29 medals (12 gold, eight silver and nine bronze) and Kenya the most successful African nation, with 10 medals (three gold, as many silver and four bronze), it was the women athletes who brought home most of the medals in both cases. The year's premier athletics event saw America's women bag 14 medals compared to 13 for the men, while Team Kenya had six from their women and four from the men. Kenya would have missed gold completely, had it not been for in-form women runners, in the shape of…
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Kenyan track star shatters world record

Kenyan track star shatters world record

NEARLY nine months after missing out on the 1,500 metres world record by three-hundredths of a second, Kenya's Faith Kipyegon buried the ghost of past disappointments with an emphatic performance at Friday's Florence Diamond League meeting. In Monaco last year, double Olympic and world 1500m champion Kipyegon came agonisingly close to breaking Genzebe Dibaba's mark of 3:50.07 set in 2015 as she crossed the line in 3:50.37. Kipyegon's narrow miss left her dejected, with the 29-year-old telling Olympics.com, "...after the finish line, I thought I got the world record. "That's why I went down and slept a little bit, knowing…
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