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Faith Kipyegon smashed the world mile record with a 4:07.65 performance during the Monaco Diamond League meet Friday.
The Kenyan entered the race expecting to break the world record and did so in the most gregarious fashion. She obliterated the previous record of 4:12.33 from Monaco 2019 by Sifan Hassan of Holland.
WORLD RECORD— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) July 21, 2023
🇰🇪's Faith Kipyegon obliterates the world record in the mile by more than 5️⃣ seconds with 4️⃣:0️⃣7️⃣.6️⃣4️⃣
That's her 3️⃣rd world record in less than 2️⃣ months. It's Faith's world and we're just living in it 🤩#DiamondLeague pic.twitter.com/XuW0byfKYA
Paced to 800m, and 1000m, she thoroughly dropped the chasers in spectacular fashion. Running well in front of the Wavelights Technology, looking up at the clock, Kipyegon strode with perfect form to perfect splits.
All 13 competitors set new personal bests. Six national records were set including Kipyegon’s World and Kenyan records as well as Ciara Mageean for Ireland in 4:14.58, Laura Muir in 4:15.24 for Great Britain, and Berenice Cleyet-Merle of France finishing in the time of 4:26.06. Nikki Hiltz of the US and Jessica Hill did one better, record-wise with a North American and Oceania record run, going 4:16.35 and 4:15.34, respectively.
Mageean finished in second place, while Freweyni Hailu of Ethiopia rolled in to take third place 4:14.79 for a season-best performance according to the Diamond League results, but according to World Athletics is a personal best.