Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Kipyegon seals historic hat-trick

Kenya's Faith Kipyegon celebrates winning the women's 1500m final during the World Athletics Championships at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest on August 22, 2023. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AFP) — Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon produced a devastating last lap to win an unprecedented third world women’s 1500-meter title in Budapest on Tuesday as archrival Sifan Hassan took bronze.

The double Olympic champion, who previously won world golds in 2017 and last year in Eugene, led from gun to tape in a magisterial display of running.

She kicked at the bell for the final lap to outstrip a loaded field to win in three minutes and 54.87 seconds.

Ethiopian Diribe Welteji took the silver medal in 3:55.69 with Dutch runner Hassan rounding out the podium (3:56.00).

It was another remarkable result for the irrepressible Kipyegon in a stunning season in which she has set three world records.

“This is a great season for me,” the 29-year-old Kenyan admitted.

“To break the world records and become a world champion here, to defend my title.”

“I told myself, ‘You are the strongest and just keep going’. I was chasing history today and I was chasing this title. I have done it.”

Kipyegon is hailed as the world’s best-ever runner over 1500 meters and it is easy to see why.

She remains unbeaten over the distance since June 2021. On that occasion at the Florence Diamond League meet she was beaten by Hassan.

The bronze for Hassan capped a brave comeback after a dramatic fall meters from the finish of the 10,000-meter which put paid to her bid for a treble.

“Just a couple of weeks ago I was coming from the marathon and I was struggling to get my speed back,” said Hassan, who won gold medals in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters and a bronze in the 1500 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Before I decided to enter these three events I did not look at how fast the girls are this year. When I looked at the start list for my heat I was wondering why I put myself in this position.”

“I would never have imagined that I would win a medal. This season has been really crazy so far, especially for me. So this medal is really something special.”

Kipyegon and Hassan will again face off in the 5,000 meters on Saturday.

“We are all strong runners. I knew the ladies were strong and I thank them for pushing me today. I wish everyone the best, we have to help each other in any way,” Kipyegon said.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


SOCIAL MEDIAManny Pacquiao knows his time is up. This was the keen observation made by a longtime member of his training team who spent...


SOCIAL MEDIAThe dynamic duo of Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario is back with a bang after leading Blacklist International to...


SOCIAL MEDIAThe University Athletic Association of the Philippines will have a full calendar of sports events for Season 85 starting 1 October. UAAP President...


SOCIAL MEDIAECHO has revealed its roster for the upcoming M4 Mobile Legends World Championship to be held 1-15 January 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The...


SOCIAL MEDIAIt’s going to be business as usual as the Philippine Basketball Association will not stop its on-court activities when it gives way for...


SOCIAL MEDIAIt doesn’t look as if newly-crowned Melvin Jerusalem will get the luxury of defending his minimumweight crown against a handpicked rival after the...


Mitchell, meanwhile, is a six-foot shooting guard frowm Hartford University.


SOCIAL MEDIALegendary boxing referee Carlos ‘Sonny’ Padilla was recently inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Famous for serving as the third man...