Kenyan athlete Faith Kipyegon made a staggering achievement at the Paris Diamond League, setting a new world record in the women’s 5,000 meters race, hot on the heels of another record-breaking run in the 1,500 meters just a week earlier.
Clocking an extraordinary 14 minutes and 5.20 seconds, Kipyegon outstripped the former record set by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey. Her triumphant return to the 5,000 meters category after eight years was marked by exceptional resolve and speed, overcoming Gidey in the final 400 meters and superseding the previous world record by a significant margin.
The double Olympic champion confessed her remarkable feat, which took her aback, as her primary aim was not to break the record but to remain composed and enjoy the race. The revelation that she had indeed set a new record came as a surprise to her.
In addition to her fresh 5,000 meters record, Kipyegon had recently made news in Florence, Italy, by breaking the world record in the 1,500 meters race. These successive achievements underscore her exceptional skills and relentless determination.
Securing the top spot in the 5,000 meters was no easy task for Kipyegon. She encountered tough opposition from Gidey but secured victory with her speed and endurance. Despite her tremendous successes, Kipyegon remains humble, with her eyes steadfastly set on performing her best in every competition.
Kipyegon’s extraordinary performance has captivated the global athletics community, raising the bar for her future endeavors. As for what’s next for this accomplished Kenyan runner, she will strategize with her coach and management team to decide on her forthcoming steps.