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What Faith Kipyegon Earned for Two Golds, Diamond League Title, Breaking Three World Records
- Faith Kipyegon has had the best season on the track without a doubt
- She has broken three world records and won two world titles in 2023
- Kipyegon has also set herself as one of the biggest earners in athletics
Faith Kipyegon concluded her track season on Saturday, September 16, with a comfortable victory in the women's 1,500m in the Diamond League final at the Prefontaine Classic.
The win gave her her fourth Diamond League title across that distance. She clocked a time of 3:50.72, the fourth-fastest time of all time and Kipyegon's second-fastest.
By winning the Diamond League final, the Kenyan track star pocketed thousands of dollars and capped off what was a historic season, cementing her status as one of the country's greatest athletes of all time.
Her resume has been almost flawless in the last few years. She is a two-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, breaking three world records and winning two gold medals in the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Those victories saw her earn thousands of dollars, and she could add to that if she wins at the World Athletics Road Running Championships Riga 23 on October 1.
Kipyegon's Diamond League earnings
Kipyegon's Diamond League season began in Doha, Qatar, on May 5. She clocked 3:58.57 to win, beating the likes of Diribe Welteji and Jessica Hull.
Her next 1500m race was at the Golden Gala in Rome/Florence on June 2. She clocked a world record 3:49.11, but that was just a taste of things to come.
A week later, on June 9 in Paris, the 29-year-old shattered the 5000m world record, clocking 14:05.20, to beat world record holder, Letesenbet Gidey.
On July 21 in the Monaco Diamond, she smashed the one-mile world record, finishing in 4:07.64.
She then won the 1500m in the Diamond League final on September 16.
Every winner in a series gets $10,000, second-placed athletes get $6,000, and third gets $3,500. The winner in the Diamond League final gets $30,000, the second gets $12,000, and the third gets $7,000.
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Therefore, Kipyegon won a total of $70,000 in the 2023 Diamond League season. This excludes a bonus for breaking the world record. In Kenya shillings, she got KES10,296,728 (1 USD=147KES).
Kipyegon's World earnings
In August, at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, Kipyegon won two gold medals in the 1500m and 500m.
The 1500m win was her third at the World Athletics Championships, while the 5000m title was her first.
A total of $8,498,000 in prize money was on offer at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
The top 8 in individual and relay events get prize money, and any athlete who sets a world record will get an award of $100,000. The winner gets prize money of $70,000.
Therefore, Kipyegon took home $140,000 for winning two gold medals. In Kenyan shillings, she earned 20,593,043.
In total, for her 2023 season, the Kenyan star earned approximately 30 million Kenyan shillings, making her one of the highest-paid athletes in the country.
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Omanyala, Wanyonyi's earnings in 2023
Sports Brief also reported on what Kenyan track stars, Ferdinand Omanyala and Emmanuel Wanyonyi earned in the 2023 Diamond League season.
Wanyonyi won a total of $70,500, translating to 10,363,547 Kenyan shillings. He won the final event by beating world champion, Marco Arop.
Omanyala finished third in the Diamond League final and received a total of $36,000. In Kenyan shillings, he took home a total of KSh 5,292,386.