July 18, 2024

Kipyegon Blazes to World Record, Sets Stage for Epic Olympic Race

Kipyegon Blazes to World Record, Sets Stage for Epic Olympic Race

This performance sets a blistering pace for what to expect from Kipyegon at the upcoming Olympics

Kenyan track legend Faith Kipyegon shattered her own world record in dominant fashion at the Paris Diamond League on Sunday, clocking an incredible 3:49.04. This feat comes just weeks before the 2024 Paris Olympics, where Kipyegon will be vying for another gold medal.

The multiple Olympic and World Champion in the 1500 meters sliced nearly a tenth of a second off her previous record of 3:49.11, set in Italy last year. This performance sets a blistering pace for what to expect from Kipyegon at the upcoming Olympics, as it was her final race before the games begin.

 

Kipyegon's performance wasn't the only highlight of the race. Nine other runners achieved personal bests on Sunday. Australian Jessica Hull secured second place with a time of 3:50.83, shattering her own Oceania record by a significant five seconds. Laura Muir of Great Britain finished third, setting a new national record of 3:53.79.

"I knew the world record was a possibility after running extremely fast in Kenya recently," Kipyegon said, referencing her 3:53.98 performance at the Kenyan Olympic Trials. "My aim here was simply to run my own race and assess my form in preparation for defending my Olympic title."