In the women’s 1500m at the Wanda Diamond League in Paris, Kenyan Faith Kipyegon broke her own world record, providing a perfect boost for the upcoming Paris Olympics.

With a strong lead and a time of 3:49.04, Kipyegon beat her previous best by 0.07 seconds, which she had established in Florence in June 2023.

In an interview, the athlete expressed: “I’m still surprised as well. Last year I ran 5,000 and I got the world record and today I got the world record so yeah it’s a special place [Paris] I can say, coming here you know every time and breaking your own world record, it’s just amazing.” 

What’s next for Kipyegon? 

The 30-year-old is set to compete at the Paris Olympics and is a top contender for the gold medals. In addition to winning the 5,000 meters at the Budapest World Championships last year, she is a three-time world champion and a double Olympic 1500 meter winner. 

“I’ve seen myself like I’m in the right direction towards the Paris Olympics… This was my plan, to see how fast I can execute [today] and see how prepared I am towards Paris because it’s a few weeks ahead and I’m in a good direction now,” Kipyegon declared. 

As her preparation for the upcoming Games, she mentioned: “..just to go back home and still work on a little bit of tactics and then.. . I don’t know what coach is going to tell me to do.” 

Kipyegon added: “I think my bigger call now is just Olympics.”

 

Source: Wanda Diamond League

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