Faith Kipyegon, a two-time world and Olympic 1500m champion hailing from Kenya, is getting ready for her first major competition of the year. She’ll be heading back to the Wanda Diamond League meet in Doha on May 5th, where she’s hoping to start her season on a strong note.
Last year, Kipyegon made waves by running the second-fastest women’s 1500m in history in Monaco, finishing with a time of 3:50.37, just a few tenths of a second behind Genzebe Dibaba’s world record. She followed that up with a win at the world championships in Oregon, as well as her third Diamond League title in Zurich.
Looking ahead to the Doha Diamond League, Kipyegon says she’s excited to return and start racing again after focusing on endurance and strength over the winter. She views the meet as a chance to assess her progress and see where she stands as she builds towards the World Champs later in the year.
Kipyegon will have an opportunity to defend her world championship title in Budapest this August, while the 2023 Wanda Diamond League season will feature 15 meets in total, starting with Doha and concluding with a two-day final in Eugene in mid-September.