World and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon cemented her status as the greatest female athlete in history over the metric mile by smashing the world 1500m record, recording a blistering 3:49.11 at the Diamond League in Florence.
The Kenyan middle-distance star has proved virtually invincible in recent years, and tonight in Italy she impressed once again taking down the eight-year-old world record of Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba (3:50.07) – which was set at the Stade Louis II Stadium, in Monaco.
An ecstatic Faith said: “I am really thankful, today was a wonderful day in which everything came together. The World Record was in my mind since last year, but I wanted to approach it slowly by slowly to see what was possible this year. I can’t believe it! Now I have achieved what I wanted and what was in my heart and in my mind. This season I was focused to bring what was still missing, the World Record. All the athletes waiting for me at the finish line made me emotional. Thanks everybody.”
The 29-year-old mum has claimed back-to-back Olympic 1500m titles winning gold in Rio and Tokyo Olympics. She is also a two-time world champion having regained her crown last year in Eugene, five years after first winning the title in London.