Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon: From running barefoot to the ‘queen of 1,500m’

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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, widely regarded as one of the greatest 1,500-metre runners, says she wants to venture into marathon running and leave a legacy for girls who want to take up the sport.

Although Kipyegon launched her season with a slightly less comfortable win at the Doha Diamond League in May, she has since vanquished her competitors and past records in an astonishing season.

In May, she crossed the finish line in the women’s 1,500-metre race in Doha in front of a large contingent of Kenyan fans bowing to her from the stands.

The 29-year-old finished the race with a time of 3:58.57, nearly nine seconds behind Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba’s world record, in one of her poorest finishes.

The wait for the world record didn’t last too long.

A month later, Kipyegon not only broke the record but also smashed the three-minute, 50-second barrier at the meet in Florence. And as soon as she crossed the line this time around, Kipyegon fell on the track and slammed her hands in an outpouring of disbelief and ecstasy.

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