Faith Kipyegon Shatters World Record As She Storms to Victory at Florence Diamond League

Faith Kipyegon Shatters World Record As She Storms to Victory at Florence Diamond League

Martin Moses
updated at June 9, 2023 at 7:49 PM
  • Faith Kipyegon has finally broken the 1500 metres world record
  • Despite dominating the event for quite a long time, the world record remained an elusive spot for Kipyegon
  • The mother of one obliterated Genzeebe Dibaba's record that she set in 2015 with a beautiful run in Italy on June 2

Faith Kipyegon shattered the 1500 metres world record by running a blistering race at the Florence Diamond League on June 2. The double World and Olympic champion ran a time of 3:49:11 to set a new record-breaking Genzebe Dibaba's record of 3:50:07. Dibaba's record has been around since 2015.

Faith Kipyegon, Diamond League, World Record, Florence DL, Sha'Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson
Faith Kipyegon celebrates after breaking the World Record on June 2. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE.
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It was literally Kipyegon against the clock as soon as the gun went off. She blew off her competition among them, Olympic silver medalist and World Bronze medalist Laura Muir. She used an astonishing 61 seconds in the third lap as she raced to set the fastest time in the event.

So dominant was Kipyegon that Muir finished in second place almost seven seconds after she was done. Muir clocked 3:57.09, while Australia's Jesicca Hull used 3:57.29.

Kipyegon came close to breaking the world record in Monaco last year, only to miss it by a few microseconds. She was, however, not to be denied in Italy.

Speaking after the race, Muir hailed her Kenyan opponent.

"It was great to be part of the world record race. But it was not the first world record race I was running in. I was in previous ones. I am so happy for Faith. I would have loved to be closer to her. But for the first race of the season this is really decent. I have never gone through the first 800m as fast as today," as quoted by Capital Sports.

Up next for the 29-year-old will be to try and register a hat-trick of Olympic and World titles. She will be expected to line up for Team Kenya at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest later this year before hunting a third successive Olympic title in Paris next year.

Kerley edges Omanyala again

Just before Kipyegon's race, Sports Brief reported that Ferdinand Omanyala came in second as World Champion Fred Kerley beat him again at the Florence Diamond League.

It was an improved performance from Omanyala, who finished third on Sunday. Kerley clocked 9.94 seconds, with Omanyala using 10.05 seconds.

It was the second time this week we had an almost similar lineup after Kerley won the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday.

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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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