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Athletics: Faith Kipyegon sets a new world record

Faith Kipyegon
Athletics: Faith Kipyegon sets a new world record

Faith Kipyegon breaks one world record after another. After beating the 1500m and 5000m, the Kenyan now has the mile.

Faith Kipyegon's life could be summed up in one word: record. The Kenyan gave herself another XXL performance this Friday, July 21. The runner broke the world record for the mile (1,609 m) at the EBS Herculis meeting in Monaco. Her time was 4' 07'',64. In doing so, she wiped the slate clean of her great rival, Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan, who clocked 4 min 12 sec 33 in 2019. That was back in Monaco. Ireland's Ciara Mageean finished second in 4'14"58 (a new national record), while Ethiopia's Freweyni Hailu was third in 4'14"79.

This is not Faith Kipyegon's first world record in 2023. The 29-year-old already broke the 1500m record on June 02 in Florence with a time of 3'49"11. Then, in Paris on June 9, Kipyegon also broke the 5000m world record, finishing in 14'05"20. In other words, the double Olympic champion (2016 and 2021) and double world champion (2017 and 2022) in the 1500m will be the great favourite at the World Championships in Budapest in a month's time (August 19-27),

It should also be noted that Faith Kipyegon, for these Worlds, has decided to double up on the 1500m and 5000m. "The 1500m is still my favourite event, but I'm doing really well in the 5000m.So I'm going to double both the 1500m and the 5000m in Budapest". If she were to win both distances, she would go down in history, as no woman has ever achieved such a feat. But given her crazy year, nothing seems to be stopping her...

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