From Kenya to Oregon with love, Faith Kipyegon won the 1500m Gold medal in the ongoing World Athletics Championship 2022 in Oregon and all of us at AirDuka are super proud of her for flying the Kenyan flag high and giving us the first Gold medal win.
The Gold Rush must have been a smooth run for our beloved Faith, being the second woman in history to win two Olympic 1500m Gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics games.
As a Kenyan middle-distance runner specializing in the 1500 metres, Faith Kipyegon has won or finished second in every major championship since age 20 in 2014 and is regarded as the greatest female 1500 metres runner in history.
In the World Athletics Championship 1500m finals, she won Silver medals in 2015 in Beijing, and in 2019 in Doha for finishing second.
She emerged first, bagging Gold medals in 2017 in London, and another in Oregon for the ongoing 2022 World Athletics Championship.
In July 2021, she achieved the fourth-fastest time in history running, setting her consecutive Kenyan record.
Faith Kipyegon was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine alongside other Kenyans like the Ineos marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, TV host Julie Gichuru, former CJ Maraga, and Paula Kahumbu, among others.
She also made it to The Heroes of Africa 2021 list for being the women's 1500m Gold medalist of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Games, taking the first position in a time of 3m 53.11s, breaking an Olympic record that had stood for 33 years. She truly is a hero.
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon was born in 1994 in Kenya and started her professional career in athletics at the young age of 16 years, participating in different international athletics competitions, and winning medals.
Kipyegon is married to middle-distance runner Timothy Kitum, the 2012 Olympic 800m bronze medalist.
They have a daughter, Alyn, born in June 2018. Kipyegon returned to training in January 2019 after almost an 18-month break.
In June 2019, she competed in her first race since giving birth, winning the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic in Palo Alto.
As the 1500 metres Queen of track at only 28 years of age, with Kenyan, African, and Global athletics records, she is fondly referred to as 'The Sniper' since 2015 after Jenny Simpson, the U.S. female 1500m 2011 Gold medalist, slapped the label on her.
“I call her the sniper,” Simpson said then, three months after the then-21-year-old Kipyegon won her first global 1500m Silver medal at the 2015 World Championships. “She won’t go out and run hard from the gun, but she can run people down. The last 200 meters or so she’s really good, and she’ll be four seconds back with a lap to go, and all of a sudden she’s running people down."
We want to pass our hearty congratulations to Faith Kipyegon and the entire team representing Kenya in Eugene, Oregon, the USA for the ongoing 2022 World Athletics Championship.
Hongera! Kenya to the world!