Faith Kipyegon: First Gold for Kenya As Olympic Champion Storms to 1500 Metres Victory in Style

Faith Kipyegon: First Gold for Kenya As Olympic Champion Storms to 1500 Metres Victory in Style

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:07 PM
  • 1500 metres Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon won Kenya's first Gold at this year's World Athletics Championships in Oregon
  • Kipyegon is now a double World and Olympic champion and the first woman to win four medals in the race
  • It was a dominant finish from the Kenyan, who was threatened by the resilience of Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay

Faith Kipyegon affirmed her credentials as the best-ever athlete in the 1500 metres race as she bagged her fourth outdoor title at the World Athletics Championships.

Kipyegon won Kenya's first gold medal at the event after she held off Gudaf Tsegay to cross the line first.

The Olympic champion became the first woman to win four outdoor medals at the event. She used a time of 3:52:96 to reclaim a title she won in 2017.

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Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay finished second with a time of 3:54.52, while Great Britain's Laura Muir was third with 3:55.28.

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Kenya's Faith Kipyegon is congratulated after winning the women's 1500m final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Jewel Samad.
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The race began with an incredible pace as Kipyegon led the first group, creating a huge gap between themselves and the leading pack. It was toe to toe between Kipyegon and Tsegay until the last 200 metres, when Kipyegon stepped up and stormed to her second World title.

She is now a double Olympic and double World champion.

The other Kenyan in the race, Winny Chebet, finished in 13th place.

Conseslus Kipruto relinquishes his world title as the 3000 metres steeplechase crown goes to Morocco

At the same time, Sports Brief has also reported that Conseslus Kipruto failed to retain his 3000 metres steeplechase crown as he had to settle for bronze in a race won by Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali.

Bakkali became the first non-Kenyan to hold both the Olympic and World title at the same time.

Kipruto was hoping to retain a title he won in 2019, but it wasn't meant to be after Bakkali displayed some tactical masterclass to storm to victory in Oregon. The Kenyan led for most parts of the race, but with one lap to go, Bakkali injected the required pace to cross the finishing line first.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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