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Faith Kipyegon

Faith Kipyegon is planning to win Paris Olympic gold in the 1500 metre event to become the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic titles. The 29-year-old earned gold in the 2016 Rio and 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympic Games 1500m event. She also happens to be a four-time World Champion in the 1500m and 5000m events.

In June she broke the world record setting a whole new standard of 3:49.11. She also happens to hold the world mile record (1609m) at 4:07.64, which she set this year. Kipyegon set four new personal bests in 2023 and dominated the Diamond League and Budapest World Athletics Championships. She has declared that she will be back for Paris 2024 next summer for more gold.

Twin Cities Marathon

Twin Cities Marathon is offering refunds and guaranteed entry into the 2024 edition for the cancellation of their event earlier this year.

An email message that went out to 2023 registrants read:

“Utilizing event cost savings, insurance coverage, and Board-approved cash reserves, we are able to stretch resources and offer a full refund to all affected runners,” the email to runners read.

“We understand the race cancellation on October 1 was a difficult and emotional experience. While a registration refund does not replace the experience of a great, safe race and does not necessarily cover all the expenses incurred for race weekend, we are glad to be able to refund runners their race registration.”

Ingebrigtsen and Bol are European Athletes of the Year

Femke Bol from the Netherlands and Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen were crowned European Athletes of the Year for the second successive time at the annual Golden Tracks award ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday evening.

Bol and Ingebrigtsen, who were presented with their trophies by European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov, amassed exceptional seasons both indoors and outdoors at a variety of distances.

Both athletes came away with two gold medals at the Istanbul 2023 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Istanbul was a precursor to brilliant outdoor campaigns highlighted by gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

But for all their brilliance this season, both athletes had to overcome adversity before being rewarded with gold in Budapest.

Bol tripped during the mixed relay just a second before the finish line with gold in her hand. She was disqualified for losing the baton. Bol seemed distraught but came back and dominated her primary event the 400m hurdles to take gold. She also helped the women’s relay team take gold in the 4 x 400m relay in Budapest. Bol holds the Dutch national record in the 400m flat at 49.44. She also holds the European record for the 400m hurdles at 51:45.

Ingebrigtsen has been in the media lately for the wrong reasons. His family has aired their dispute publicly. Two of his brothers Filip and Henrik as well as Jacob, have publicly called out their disassociation with the father Gerjt. Gerjt denied allegations of violence and eldest son Martin defended his father. Gerjt has been refused credentials for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, despite the fact that he coaches other athletes. It’s an apparent Safe Sport issue now.

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