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Faith Kipyegon: A Profile of Athletic Excellence and Achievement

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Faith Kipyegon is a Kenyan middle-distance runner who specializes in the 1500 meters race. She gained international recognition by winning gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On July 7, 2024, she set a new record with a time of 3:49.04 at Stade Charléty in France. While Faith Kipyegon is famous for her talent, many are curious about her private life, career, and achievements. _FAITH KIPYEGON

Who Is Faith Kipyegon?

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, a Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner, was born on January 10, 1994, in Bomet.

She holds the current world records for the 1,500 meters (set in 2024) and the mile (set in 2023). She previously held the world record for the 5,000 meters.

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Kipyegon won gold medals in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She also secured gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2017, 2022, and 2023 World Athletics Championships, and in the 5,000 meters at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

As a junior, she won gold at the 2011 and 2013 World Cross Country Championships. She also won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2011 World Youth Championships and the 2012 World Junior Championships.

In 2017, New African magazine named Kipyegon one of the Top 100 most influential Africans.

Early life and family background

Faith Kipyegon grew up as the eighth of nine children on a farm near Keringet, Nakuru County, in the Kenyan Rift Valley.

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Her elder sister, Beatrice Mutai, is a 10 km and half marathon specialist.

Their father, Samuel Kipyegon Koech, was a 400 m and 800 m runner in his youth, and their mother, Linah Koech, had some involvement in athletics.

Faith played soccer until she was 14, when she was introduced to athletics at school.

She lined up for a one-kilometer run in P.E. class and won the race by 20 meters. She attended Winners Girls High School in Keringet.

Career Beginnings

In 2010, at age 16, Faith Kipyegon made her international debut at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

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Competing barefoot, she placed fourth in the women’s junior race and earned a gold medal with her under-20 team.

Later that year, she finished third in the 1500 meters at the Kenyan World Junior Championship Trials.

In 2011, Kipyegon won the individual gold medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Spain, again running barefoot.

She also claimed gold in the 1500 meters at the World Youth Championships in France, breaking the championship record with a time of 4:09.48.

In 2012, Kipyegon set a national junior 1500m record of 4:03.82 at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting.

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She won the event at the Kenyan Junior Athletics Championships and finished third at the Kenyan Olympic Trials, earning a spot on the national team for the 2012 London Olympics.

Kipyegon claimed gold at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona with another championship record.

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In 2013, she defended her junior title at the World Cross Country Championships.

She broke the 4-minute barrier in the 1500m at the Doha Diamond League, setting an African U20 and Kenyan senior record of 3:56.98.

She finished second in that race and later placed fifth at the Moscow World Championships.

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Awards and Accomplishments

Faith Kipyegon’s career is full of highlights. Here are some of the biggest ones:

Early Success:

  • Won gold in the 1500m at the World Youth Championships in 2011.
  • Won gold in the 1500m at the World Junior Championships in 2012.

Senior Domination:

  • Secured gold in the 1500m at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Secured gold in the 1500m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Won the 1500m at the World Championships in 2017, 2022, and 2023.
  • Triumphed in the 5000m at the 2023 World Championships, becoming the first woman to win both distances at a single World Championship.

World Record Breaker:

  • Holds the world record for the 1500m (set in 2024) and the mile (set in 2023).
  • Previously held the world record for the 5000m.

Recent Achievement:

  • On July 7, 2024, she broke her own 1500m world record at the Paris Diamond League.

These accomplishments show why Faith Kipyegon is a true legend in middle-distance and long-distance running.

Faith Kipyegon Breaks Her Own 1500m World Record at Paris Diamond League

Faith Kipyegon broke her own 1500m world record at the Paris Diamond League. She clocked a time of 3:49.04 at Stade Charléty, with the help of two pacemakers.

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She beat her previous record by 0.07 seconds, set in Florence in June 2023. Australian Jessica Hull finished second with a time of 3:50.83, the fifth fastest 1500m time in history.

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Personal life

Faith Kipyegon is married to Timothy Kitum, a middle-distance runner and the 2012 Olympic 800m bronze medalist. They have a daughter named Alyn, born in June 2018.

She trains in Kaptagat and Kapsabet. Since the end of 2017, Patrick Sang, a triple global 3000m steeplechase silver medalist, has been her coach. He also coaches marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge.

Faith Kipyegon’s Net Worth

Faith Kipyegon’s successful athletic career and lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Nike have boosted her net worth to an estimated $5 million.

Her earnings from victories, including the 2023 Diamond League, highlight her financial success.

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