World Athletic Championships: Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon Wins Third World Women’s 1500m Title

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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon produced a devastating last lap to win an unprecedented third world women’s 1500m title in Budapest on Tuesday. The double Olympic champion, who previously won world golds in 2017 and last year in Eugene, led from the start in a magisterial display of running. She kicked at the bell for the final lap to outstrip a loaded field to win in 3min 54.87sec. Ethiopian Diribe Welteji took silver in 3:55.69, with Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands claiming bronze (3:56.00).

It was another remarkable result for the irrepressible Kipyegon in a stunning season in which she has set three world records. “I told myself, ‘You are the strongest and just keep going’,” said Kipyegon. “I was chasing history today and I was chasing this title. I have done it.”

She is hailed as the world’s best-ever runner over 1 500m and it is easy to see why. She remains unbeaten over the distance since June 2021. On that occasion at the Florence Diamond League meet she was beaten by Hassan. The bronze for Hassan capped a brave comeback after a dramatic fall meters from the finish of the 10 000m which put paid to her bid for a treble. Kipyegon and Hassan will again face off in the 5 000m on Saturday.

 

 

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