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Faith Kipyegon Bags Kenya’s Second Gold in Tokyo Olympics

by Zablon Ondari
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Kenyan Faith Kipyegon defended her title in the women’s 1500m final with a new Olympics record of 3:53.11.

Kipyegon broke the 33-year-old Olympic record set by Romanian Paula Ivan at the Seoul Games in 1988.

Britain’s European champion, Laura Muir, finished second with a national record of 3:54.50 to claim silver while the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan came third (3:55.86), taking bronze.

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Deputy President William Ruto and ODM party leader Raila Odinga were among the first Kenyans to congratulate Kipyegon on her great achievement.

“Absolutely fantastic! Hongera Faith Kipyegon for your incredible victory in the 1500m and breaking the Olympic record. Your supreme tempo and mental strength is a manifestation that Kenya is the world’s athletics powerhouse,” tweeted Ruto.

For his part, Raila said: “Wow. That’s a fantastic run. Congratulations, Faith Kipyegon for, winning the 1,500m gold medal and setting a new Olympic record. The entire nation is proud of you for successfully defending your title. Keep running and keep inspiring the youth.”

Her victory comes barely two days after Emmanuel Korir bagged Kenya’s first gold medal in the Tokyo Games in the men’s 800m.

His compatriot, Ferguson Rotich, took the silver while Poland’s Patryk Dobek claimed the bronze.

Korir clocked 1:45.06. Rotich finished second with a time of 1:45.23 while Dobek finished third, clocking 1:45.39.

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