World Athletics Championship: Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon Wins World 5,000m For Historic Double

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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon underlined her status as one of the all-time greats of distance running by sealing a historic 1500m/5000m double at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest on Saturday. After claiming a third world 1500m title on Tuesday, Kipyegon delivered another masterclass, this time in the 5,000m, to win her second gold in the Hungarian capital.

The 29-year-old bided her time and produced a perfectly calm last lap for the win in 14min 53.88sec. Dutch rival Sifan Hassan claimed silver in 14:54.11, with another Kenyan, Beatrice Chebet, taking bronze (14:54.33). “This has been an amazing year for me. Making history today, winning two gold medals in a championships is what I was dreaming for this season,” said an emotional Kipyegon afterwards.

“I have been patient waiting to be able to break world records and win double golds. But my dream just came true. It is amazing. I have been pushing myself to the limits and I will continue to push myself in the future. The race was not easy. It was a tactical one, but I am mentally stable and have managed to push myself.”

The victory underlined Kipyegon’s dominance this season, especially given that the field contained six of the 10 fastest women of all time. Also a two-time Olympic 1500m champion, Kipyegon has this year set three world records in the 1500m, 5,000m and mile.

 

 

 

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