Kenyan middle-distance maestro Faith Kipyegon regained the world 1500m title with yet another imperious display at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon today.

The 28-year-old Kipyegon, a double Olympic 1500m champion, unleashed her winning strike to claim yet another global title, stopping the clock in 3:52.96

A thrilled Faith said of her victory at Hayward Field: “I am happy to take the world 1500m title here in Eugene. This morning I asked my daughter Alyn if I should bring chocolates or gold for her. She told me to bring home the gold, I am proud I can give it to her.”

This is a fourth successive World Championship 1500m medal for Kipyegon. Besides her gold medal successes in 2017 and 2022, she also claimed silver medals at the 2015 and 2019 editions.

Fast from the Gun

In an amazing display of aggressive front running, Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay stormed to the front and dominated the race until the final 200m The first lap split was 55.1.  The field was split in two, with Kipyegon, Tsegay and Scot Laura Muir, gapping the field by a gigantic margin. This resulted in a massive 6 second gap from 3rd to 4th by the tape.

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Hull 7th, Griffith 9th 

Strong runs by the two Australians. Jessica Hull managed to hang on for 7th clocking 4:01.82.  A bit off her best of 3:58.81 from the Tokyo Olympics.  Fellow Australian Georgia Griffith finished two places behind in 9th with 4:03.26. Griffith was happy with her efforts –

“9TH IN THE WORLD !!! ??? had so much fun racing in my first ever major final – lots to learn from but couldn’t be happier with how my world champs experience has been ? as always big thanks to my amazing support system for getting me here ?”

 

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