Faith Kipyegon, the legendary Kenyan 1500m runner is back for another season and Diamond League title attempt. Her first meet will happen Friday, May 5 during the Doha Diamond League.
Kipyegon is the two-time Olympic and world champion gold medallist. She has run the second-fastest 1500m performance all time at 3:50.37 last year in Monaco at the Stade Louis II. Only Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba has run faster at 3:50.07 at the same meet seven years prior.
Kipyegon is one of the greatest 1500m runners in history. She holds eight of the 22 fastest performances all-time. And owns the most sub-four minute performances at 19.
📢 ANNOUNCEMENT – Reigning 1500m #DiamondLeague 💎 champion @FaithKipyegon_ 🇰🇪 will launch her title defence at the @dldoha Meeting on Friday 5th May, the opening meeting of the 2023 Wanda Diamond League. #DohaDL 🇶🇦— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) March 16, 2023
At the 2023 Kenyan Sports Awards (The SOYAs), in January she said that she wants to follow in the footsteps of her fellow Sports Personality of Year award winner Eliud Kipchoge, and move up to the marathon.
“As my career evolves, I will continue to look up to Eliud because he is the greatest marathon runner of all time. That is something I hope to accomplish in the future. I aspire to grow as a person and an athlete like him, as well as to become the greatest marathon runner of all time,” she said.
Kipyegon has won three Diamond League titles. Eighteen times she has won Diamond League races in the 800m, 1000m, 1500m, and the mile (1609m).
The 29-year-old won gold at the Tokyo and Rio Olympic Games. She also won gold at the Eugene and London World Athletics Championships, and owns two silver medals from the Doha and Beijing World Athletics Championships.