- Faith Kipyegon wins first gold medal for Kenya after clocking 3:52:96 in the women’s 1500m finals at Oregon, USA.
- At the gun, Tsegay took the pacing duties into her own hands, bolting to the front alongside compatriot Freweyni Hailu with Kipyegon sticking on their coattails.
- She kicked up the pace a bit and opened up the lead, Tsegay following her
Faith Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion, handed Kenya its first gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter event at the current World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
Tsegay took control of the tempo by sprinting to the front alongside compatriotFreweyni Hailu and Kipyegon following closely after.
Waiting for the right moment to strike, the Kenyan GOAT preyed on the two Ethiopians slowly. The two leaders were waving on the second lap, and Kipyegon sprinted to the front thinking they might be planning to block her from the inside lane.
As Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia won silver in 3:54.52, Kipyegon ran 3:52.96 to maintain the championship she earned in Doha in 2019. Laura Muir of the United Kingdom took third in 3:55.26.
Kipyegon’s mark is the 10th fastest time ever and is the 2nd fastest time run in the United States, after her time of 3:52.59 at the 2022 Prefontaine Meet.
Kipyegon won her 2nd gold medal, tying with 3 other runners – Hassiba Boulmerka (Algeria), Tatyana Tomashova (Russia), and Maryam Jamal (Bahrain), who have in the past posted similar achievements over the distance.