Faith Kipyegon is in the form of a lifetime. The 1500m double Olympic Champion, on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, added yet another illustrious accolade by securing victory in the 1500m race at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
This feat etches Kipyegon’s name in the books of history, a three-time reigning World Champion. She won the World Athletics Championships in 2017 in London, defended her title in 2022 in Oregon and now, she has replicated her victory once again, achieving this remarkable feat in Budapest.
The girl from the serene Ndabibit village in Nakuru county who turns 30 on January 10, 2024, also boasts of the precious gold medals she earned in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Yet, amid Kipyegon’s remarkable achievements on the track, an unsung hero plays a pivotal role – her little-known husband, who stands by her side in her journey. Together, they are parents to a daughter named Alyn Kitum, born in 2018.
So, who is the enigmatic husband behind Kipyegon’s success?
Timothy Kitum is the lesser-known spouse of Faith Kipyegon, an accomplished elite runner himself. Although he may not have shattered the barriers of athletics to garner international acclaim as his wife has, Kitum remains an integral part of her support system.
Kitum, who will turn 29 on November 20, 2023, first represented Kenya on the global stage in 2011 during his participation in the World Youth Championship held in Lille, France.
Just a year later, he returned to the track for Kenya, securing a silver medal in the fiercely competitive 800m race at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
During the same remarkable year, he clinched the bronze medal in the men’s 800m race at the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the tender age of 18, he only came second to compatriot David Rudisha and Botswana’s Nigel Amos.