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Faith Kipgeyon: Top 10 fastest timings of the athlete in the women’s 1500 m

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon is a Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner. She is the current world record holder for the 1500 metres, mile, and 5000 metres. Kipgeyon won gold medals in both Rio and Tokyo Olympics in the 1500 m. She also won a gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2017 and 2022 World Athletics Championships. As a junior, Kipyegon won gold medals at the 2011 and 2013 World Cross Country Championships and in the 1500 m at the 2011 World Youth Championships and the 2012 World Junior Championships. Kipyegon was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017.

Over the years, Faith has come to be regarded as one of the epitome of strength around the world. Kipgeyon has always remarked, ” I want to show the world that also being a mother, you can be stronger.” She has been an inspiration for many athletes from around the world.

Career Arch of Faith Kipgeyon

When the story of women’s middle-distance running great is told, a chapter will certainly be dedicated to Faith Kipyegon. The Kenyan athletics superstar is the first woman to win four 1500m titles at the Track and Field World Championships. She has also held the title of African Cross Country Champion both in the junior and senior divisions. Faith was crowned as the World Junior Champion in Barcelona. She was a member of the team which won the gold medal in the 4 × 1500 m relay at the first IAAF World Relays in Bahamas.

It’s been a stellar rise for the girl who used to run barefoot in primary school. Her first breakthrough was winning the 2011 World Cross Country junior race. She went on to win the junior race again in 2013 in Bydgoszcz. The teenager also ruled the track, claiming titles at the 2011 World U18 and 2012 World U20 Championships in the 1500m. But Kipyegon’s senior course really took off after the London 2012 Games. She has won Gold medals in subsequent championships. This started with the gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 in the Women’s 1500 m. She added to this with an Olympic Gold at Rio in 1500 m. Faith successfully defended her title in Tokyo as well.

The then 18-year-old may have slipped under the radar at her first Games as she never made it past her qualifying race. But that Olympic experience shaped her budding career. At her debut World Championships in 2013 in Moscow, she finished fifth. And since Beijing 2015, Kipyegon has stood on the podium four times. Out of this, she has become the world champion twice, in 2017 & 2022. Kipgeyon has enjoyed excellent performances in the Diamond League series as well. The Kenyan has won gold on three occasions, in 2017, 2021 and 2022 in the Women’s 1500 m. Recently, she smashed the 1-mile record at the Monaco Diamond League 2023.

What are the top ten best runs of Faith Kipgeyon in women’s 1500 m?

Competition (Location)DateResultPosition
Golden Gala Pietro Mennea (Italy)02 JUN 20233:49.111
Diamond League (Monaco)10 AUG 20223:50.371
Diamond League (Monaco)09 JUL 20213:51.071
Diamond League (Monaco)21 JUL 20233:51.41N/A
Prefontaine Classic (USA)28 MAY 20223:52.591
World Athletics Championships (USA)18 JUL 20223:52.961
The XXXII Olympic Games (Japan)06 AUG 20213:53.111
Prefontaine Classic (USA)21 AUG 20213:53.231
Golden Gala Pietro Mennea (Italy)10 JUN 20213:53.912
IAAF World Championships (Qatar)05 OCT 20193:54.222

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