Faith Kipyegon gives Kenya first gold

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Faith Kipyegon
Faith Kipyegon

Kenya’s long wait for a World Athletics gold medal finally came to an end on Tuesday morning after Faith Kipyegon reclaimed the world title in Oregon.

Kipyegon, who is a double Olympic champion dashed to the homestretch to win the race in a time of 3:52.96. Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay claimed silver in a time of 3:54.52 with Britain’s Laura Muir posting a season best time of 3:55.28 to take home Bronze.

Kipyegon who surrendered the world title to Sifan Hassan in Doha 2019 looked unstoppable from the Heats and the way she controlled the races gave a signal to the rest of the participants that it would take something special to beat her.

Her latest triumph makes her the first woman to win four global 1500m titles.

Her first major gold came in 2016 when she beat Genzebe Dibaba to win gold in Rio at the Olympics and she was at her best to claim her first world title in 2017 in London.

Kipyegon’s gold sees Kenya rise to third in the medal rankings behind hosts USA and Ethiopia.