Kenya: History Maker Faith Kipyegon Credits Budapest Worlds Success to Husband

Post date:



Budapest — In what will perhaps go down in the folklore as her most incredible World Athletics Championships, indefatigable Faith Kipyegon attested that her relative inexperience in long-distance running was no hindrance to her insatiable medal hunger.

Already with three world records this season, the 29-year-old Kenyan, racked up the 5000m gold, incidentally four days after being the first woman to earn a third 1500m gold at the Worlds.

Kipyegon dedicated her 1500m gold to her coach and the 5000m gold to her hubby, but candidly admitted that her middle -distance feat was special.

“I dedicate this gold medal to my husband, he has been supportive towards this success and being an amazing husband,” Faith said.

As if not enough to quench her medal ‘thirst for medals’, the Global Sports Communication Training Camp star became the first woman to win both 1500m and 5000m events at a single World Athletics Championships.

In Saturday’s pulsating 5000m final, Kipyegon outkicked Dutch’s Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan to clock 14:53.88, 23 hundredths ahead of silver medalist Hassan.

But asked about her overwhelming social media impressions following her momentous double mission in Budapest, Kipyegon told Capital FM Sport that both her fans and track adversaries must now to learn to live with it.

“They have to live with it. They have to live in Faith’s world because the best is yet to come. It is really amazing when all talk about you from time to time, and wish you well. I took it positively especially when I was back home after the two world records and I was welcomed by the State. I took it as motivation and I have had to push my limits higher.”