Kipchoge, Shelly-Ann, and Athletics World React to Faith Kipyegon’s 1500m World Record Performance

Kipchoge, Shelly-Ann, and Athletics World React to Faith Kipyegon’s 1500m World Record Performance

Edwin Kiplagat
June 3, 2023 at 10:12 AM
  • Eliud Kipchoge and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price have joined other athletes in lauding Faith Kipyegon for smashing the women's 1500m world record
  • The Kenyan broke the record at the Diamond League meet in Italy
  • The double world and Olympic champion smashed Genzebe Dibaba's record set in 2015

The world of athletics congratulated Kenya's Faith Kipyegon after she smashed the women’s 1500m world record, clocking 3:49.11 at a Diamond League meet in Florence, Italy, on Friday, June 2.

Athletics legends Eliud Kiphoge, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Allyson Felix led other sports stars in lauding the Kentan star after her astonishing achievement.

Faith Kipyegon, Laura Muir, Wanda Diamond League, Eliud Kipchoge
Faith Kipyegon of Team Kenya poses for a photo after victory and beating the world record in the Women's 1500m. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
Source: Getty Images

Kipyegon, 29, has won the world and Olympic titles twice, but this is the first time she has broken the world record. She now holds the first and third fastest times in history. Her personal best was 3:50.37, a record she set last August.

Britain’s Laura Muir finished second behind Kipyegon, while Australian Jessica Hull came in third. Kipyegon competitors congratulated the Kenyan after they learned of her incredible achievement.

Kipyegon smashed Genzebe Dibaba's record (3:50.07) set on 17th July 2015 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, per World Athletics.

Athletic react to Kipyegon's world record

Kipyegon was excited after breaking the record.

"I'm so excited. I'm so happy. It was in my mind and heart, I was still looking forward to the world record and I thank God I made it today. I was really pushing myself toward the finish line. The fans were amazing. They were really cheering me to push myself to the finish line and I thank them for coming out and cheering me up. We made it,” via Citius Mag.

Eliud Kipchoge, Kipyegon's compatriot and marathon world record holder, paid tribute to the 29-year-old.

"The greatest inspiration for young girls and women across Africa. Many congratulations Faith, for the new 1500m World Record. Your hard work, determination, resilience and focus has reaped great fruits!"

Shortly after breaking the world record, Kipyegon posted on Instagram to celebrate her new milestone. Some legendary athletes applauded her in the comments. Among them were Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, American athletics icon Allyson Felix, Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi and Ugandan star Joshua Cheptegei.

Others who congratulated her were Athing Mu and Jessica Hull.

Kipyegon now has 17 Diamond League wins since her debut in 2015. He won the 2015, 2017, 2021, and 2022 series, per Daily Nation.

Kipyegon shatters record

Sports Brief earlier reported on Kipyegon shattering the world record in Florence, Italy.

She used an astonishing 61 seconds in the third lap as she raced to set the fastest time in the event.

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.

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