Faith Kipyegon shatters another World Record, in Women’s 5,000 Meters

PARIS — In a remarkable performance, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon shattered the world record in the women’s 5,000 meters at the Paris Diamond League. Surprising herself and spectators alike, Kipyegon, known for her dominance in the 1,500 meters, achieved a time of 14 minutes 5.20 seconds, surpassing the previous record set by Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia.

During the race, Kipyegon made her move with approximately 700 meters to go, overtaking Gidey and crossing the finish line in disbelief. Collapsing with joy, she received a heartfelt hug from Gidey, the previous record holder.

Reflecting on her unexpected achievement, Kipyegon expressed her astonishment, stating, “I do not know how I made it… I just did the race and wanted to see what happens, when I saw that it was a world record, I was so surprised.”

Prior to the meet, Kipyegon had set her sights on running a “beautiful race,” without even considering breaking the record. Her focus was solely on improving her personal best. Her remarkable performance not only exceeded her expectations but also secured her place as the first Kenyan woman to hold the 5,000-meter record.

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As Kipyegon basks in the joy of her recent accomplishments, she remains uncertain about her future plans. She intends to discuss her next steps with her coach and management. Fuelled by the happiness of her achievements and her healthy body, she believes that anything is possible.

The race showcased Kipyegon and Gidey as they pulled away from the rest of the competitors by the 3,000-meter mark. While Gidey attempted to challenge Kipyegon in the final stretch, she couldn’t match her rival’s powerful kick.

This incredible week for Kipyegon began with her breaking the world record in the 1,500 meters at the Florence Diamond League, solidifying her status as one of the most exceptional middle-distance runners in the world.

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