Outstanding Faith Kipyegon breaks own 1500m World record

7th July 2024

Kipyegon lowered the 1500m record from 3:49.11 to a mind-blowing 3:49.04.

Faith Kipyegon poses besides the new world record time. PHOTO| AFP
Faith Kipyegon poses besides the new world record time. PHOTO| AFP
  • The previous 1500m world record was 3:49.11.
  • The Kenyan athlete lowered the record to 3:49.04.
  • Kipyegon produced the result with just 19 days before the Paris Olympics starts.

Kenya’s track sensation Faith Kipyegon once again proved to the world that she is one of the greatest athletes of all time as she broke her own 1500-metre world record at the Paris Diamond League on Sunday 7 July.

Returning to the scene of her record-breaking mark over 5000m last year, Kipyegon provided the perfect end to the night as she achieved the historic feat record in the final race of the evening.

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The early pace was swift, with Kipyegon covering 800m in 2:04 as Australia’s Jess Hull positioned herself just a stride behind the multiple world and Olympic champion.

With the pacemakers having dropped out, Kipyegon covered the third lap in 60.8 seconds and continued to increase her pace.

She kicked at the bell and opened up a gap over Hull, striding clear to win in 3:49.04, taking 0.07 off the world record she set last year in Florence.

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Hull finished second in 3:50.83, smashing her own Oceanian record to move to fifth on the world all-time list. Laura Muir was third in a British record of 3:53.79, and for the first time ever, 12 women finished inside four minutes.

“I knew the world record was possible because I recently ran very fast in Kenya,” said Kipyegon, who clocked 3:53.98 at Kenya’s Olympic Trials.

“I was coming here to just run my race and to see what shape I’m in to defend my title at the Olympics.”

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