In the much-anticipated women’s 1,500 final, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon took home the gold to become double Olympic champion. Entering into the final lap, the three favourites were all in contention to win however, Kipyegon, the 2016 Olympic champion pulled away over the course of the final lap to retain her title. Scotland’s Laura Muir finished second and The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan took third.

Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, celebrates as she crosses the finish line after winning the final of the women’s 1,500-meters at the Tokyo Stadium on the fourteenth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Friday August 6, 2021.

Kipyegon’s win was not only impressive for her tactics, but she also finished in an Olympic record of 3:53.11. Already a champion in her younger years at the youth and junior championships, Kipyegon has continued her success as a senior on the world stage. She a Commonwealth Games champion, world champion, and now double Olympic champion. Her victory puts her in the conversation for one of the most consistent runners at the distance, winning first or second at every global championships that she has competed in since 2015. Kipyegon only took a break in 2018 to have a child.

She said, “I am so excited to have won this. To get the Olympic record is just amazing to me. I am so happy. I knew it would be a tough race being there with Sifan and Laura. Sifan is strong now and in good shape. I wanted to follow her and see what happened. I want to thank my coach, my manager, my husband, and daughter, they support me a lot.”

Kenyan, Faith Kipyegon, won her semi-final heat in the time of 3:56.80. So much for tactics. The 27-year-old Rio 1500m defending Olympic champion is also the 2017 London and 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships gold and silver medallist, respectively.

Her lifetime personal best is a staggering 3:51.07 run just one month ago during the Monaco Diamond League meet.

Kipyegon’s Monaco race is the fourth fastest performance all-time behind Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba’s 3:50.17, and two Chinese athletes Qu Yunxia and Jiang Bo from the 1990s who ran in the questionable Ma’s Army group. Kipyegon owns the fastest 1500m time on the start line in Tokyo.

Muir broke the British record with her 3:54.50 performance. While Hassan clocked a 3:55.86.

Hassan also ran a tough race coming back from her 5,000m Olympic title. She led most of the race and kicked hard but could not match Kipyegon’s finishing speed or apparent freshness.

Hassan added, “I am very happy. I did my best and made it a fast race. I could not have done anything else. I have already run so many kilometres, so I am super happy.”

Hassan’s personal best is from 2019 at the Dutch national record of 351.95.

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford from Canada didn’t quite match her national record time from the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships, but she did match her placing of fifth. She finished in the time of 3:56.12.


Final

RankCountryNameTime
1KENKIPYEGON Faith3:53.11
2GBRMUIR Laura3:54.50
3NEDHASSAN Sifan3:55.86
4ETHGEBREEZIBEHER Freweyni3:57.60
5CANDEBUES-STAFFORD Gabriela3:58.93
6AUSHALL Linden3:59.01
7UGANANYONDO Winnie3:59.80
8JPNTANAKA Nozomi3:59.95
9ESPPEREZ Marta4:00.12
10USAPURRIER ST. PIERRE Elinor4:01.75
11AUSHULL Jessica4:02.63
12USAMcGEE Cory Ann4:05.50
13CZEMAKI Kristiina4:11.76

Semi-Final Two

RankCountryNameTimeQualification
1NEDHASSAN Sifan4:00.23Q
2GBRMUIR Laura4:00.73Q
3AUSHALL Linden4:01.37Q
4UGANANYONDO Winnie4:01.64Q
5ESPPEREZ Marta4:01.69Q
6CANSTAFFORD Lucia4:02.12
7FINKUIVISTO Sara4:02.35
8CZEMEZULIANIKOVA Diana4:03.70
9ETHHAILU Lemlem4:03.76
10PORPEN FREITAS Marta4:04.15
11BELVANDERLST Elise4:04.86
12USAMACLEAN Heather4:05.33
13KENJEBITOK Edinah4:05.56

Semi-Final One

RankCountryNameTimeQualification
1KENKIPYEGON Faith3:56.80Q
2ETHGEBREEZIBEHER Freweyni3:57.54Q
3CANDEBUES-STAFFORD Gabriela3:58.28Q
4AUSHULL Jessica3:58.81Q
5JPNTANAKA Nozomi3:59.19Q
6USAPURRIER ST.PIERRE Elinor4:01.00q
7CZEMAKI Kristiina4:01.23q
8ITASABBATINI Gaia4:02.25
9GBRSNOWDEN Katie4:02.93
10POLGALANT Martyna4:06.01
11USAMcGEE Cory Ann4:10.39
12GERGRANZ Caterina4:10.93
13KENCHEBET Winny4:11.62

Heat one

RankCountryNameTime
1CANDEBUES-STAFFORD Gabriela4:03.70Q
2GBRMUIR Laura4:03.89Q
3KENCHEBET Winny4:03.93Q
4FINKUIVISTO Sara4:04.10Q
5ETHGEBREEZIBEHER Freweyni4:04.12Q
6CZEMAKI Kristiina4:04.55Q
7ESPPEREZ Marta4:04.76
8USAMcGEE Cory Ann4:05.15
9BELVANDERELST Elise4:05.63
10IRLMAGEEAN Ciara4:07.29
11ITAdel BUONO Federica4:07.70
12MEXGALVAN RODRIGUEZ Laura Esther4:08.15
13PORAFONSO Salome4:10.80
14AUSGRIFFITH Georgia4:14.43
15GERKLEIN Hanna4:14.83

Heat two

RankCountryNameTime
1NEDHASSAN Sifan4:05.17Q
2AUSHULL Jessica4:05.28Q
3USAPURRIER ST. PIERRE Elinor4:05.34Q
4ITASABBATINI Gaia4:05.41Q
5ETHHAILU Lemlem4:05.49Q
6CZEMEZULIANIKOVA Diana4:05.49Q
7GBRWALCOTT-NOLAN Revee4:06.23
8ESPGUERRERO Esther4:07.08
9JPNURABE Ran4:07.90
10CANHAWTHORN Natalia4:08.04
11ROUBOBOCEA Claudia Mihaela4:09.19
12KENJEBITOK Edinah4:10.72
13JAMPRAUGHT-LEER Aisha4:15.31
14EORLOHALITH Anjelina Nadai4:31.65
15URUFERNANDEZ Maria Pia4:59.56

Heat three

RankCountryNameTime
1KENKIPYEGON Faith4:01.40Q
2UGANANYONDO Winnie4:02.24Q
3AUSHALL Linden4:02.27Q
4JPNTANAKA Nozomi4:02.33Q
5USAMACLEAN Heather4:02.40Q
6GBRSNOWDEN Katie4:02.77Q
7CANSTAFFORD Lucia4:03.52q
8POLGALANT Martyna4:05.03q
9GERGRANZ Caterina4:06.22q
10PORPEN FREITAS Marta4:07.33
11IRLHEALY Sarah4:09.78
12ETHWELTEJI Diribe4:10.25
13CZEVRZALOVA Simona4:19.46
DJIALI MOHAMED SouhraDNF
MARARAFI RababeDNF

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