Unbeatable Faith kipyegon bagged her third 1500 meters title giving Kenya her first medal in the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
The 29-year-old has written history to become the first woman to seal a hat trick in the metric mile race. She currently holds gold medals from the 2016 Rio and 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the 1500 meters race.
This is along with world gold in 2017 and 2022. But this season she has shown that she can break records as well as win medals, having broken world records for the 1500m, mile and 5000m.
Kipyegon moved into her top gear down the home straight, pulling away to win in 3:54.87 ahead of Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji clocking 3:55.69 and Netherlands Sifan Hassan winning bronze in 3:56.00.
President William Ruto has led Kenyans in congratulating the world champion,
“Peerless, a legend and a once-in-a-generation talent. Congratulations Faith Kipyegon for winning our first gold after defending the 1500m title for a 3rd time in a row in the Budapest World Championship.” He wrote.
First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto also congratulated Kipyegon and said her performance has made Kenya proud.
“The colours of our flag shine even brighter today, thanks to Faith’s exceptional achievement. She has made Kenya proud,” Mama Rachel said.