Today we pay tribute to
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon born on 10 January 1994 is a Kenyan middle-distance runner and the current Olympic Champion in the 1500 m women’s having won the Rio Olympics on 16 August 2016. She is also the Commonwealth champion having won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with a time of 4 minutes 08.94 seconds.
At the age of 16, Faith ran in the 2010 World Cross Country Championships women’s junior race and came in fifth individually but won gold with her team.
She participated in the 2011 World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria and won the gold medal in the junior race both with her team and individually. A few months later, she competed at the World Youth Championships in the Women’s 1500 m winning the gold medal ahead of three Ethiopian runners with a time of 4:09.48.
In the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, she won the gold medal way ahead of the field with a time of 4:04.96. She was able to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women’s 1500m, in London but failed for the finals.
At the beginning of the 2013 season, Faith won the junior race individual at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz Poland. On May 10, at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha. She established a new Kenyan record in the women’s 1500m in a time of 3:56.98. In August 2013 at the World Championships in Moscow, she came in the fifth in the final of the women’s 1500m in a time of 4:05.08.
In 2014, Faith won the gold medal in the 4×1500 m Relay at the first IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas along with her team mates, Mercy Cherono, Irene Jelagat and Hellen Obiri. This team ahead of the United States and Australia, improved the World record time to 16:33.58. She also won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
On September 11, 2015 at Diamond League finale in Brussels, Faith won the mile in 4:16.71 beating Sifan Hassan in the final stretch.