Nairobi, Kenya – Faith Kipyegon, the record-breaking distance runner, was presented with a grand reward of $35,000 and a brand-new house by Kenyan President William Ruto. Kipyegon’s extraordinary achievement of smashing two world records within a week earned her this exceptional recognition.
In a highly anticipated meeting held at the president’s office, Kipyegon expressed her heartfelt gratitude and revealed her intention to fulfil a promise she had made to her father – to buy him a new car.
The 29-year-old Kipyegon, a remarkable figure in the realm of athletics and a two-time Olympic champion in the 1,500 meters left the world in awe with her remarkable feats. On June 2, she etched her name into history books by setting a new 1,500 world record in Florence, Italy. Surpassing the eight-year-old record set by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, Kipyegon became the first woman to complete the race in under 3 minutes and 50 seconds, clocking an astonishing 3:49.11.
Not content with just one record-breaking triumph, Kipyegon continued to astound the global sports community. In a thrilling showcase of her exceptional abilities, she shattered the 5,000 meters record last Friday at the Paris Diamond League meet, crossing the finish line with a remarkable time of 14:05.20. Her victory in the race placed her ahead of former world record-holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, solidifying her position as an unparalleled athlete in the world of long-distance running.
President Ruto expressed his admiration for Kipyegon’s remarkable accomplishments, labelling her a source of immense pride for Kenya. “Faith has made Kenya incredibly proud,” he proclaimed. “She stands as a shining model of consistency, discipline, hard work, as well as family. Faith is a great Kenyan woman – a mother, a wife, and a world champion rolled into one.”
Moreover, President Ruto pledged that the Kenyan government would extend similar rewards to future athletes who break world records. This decision signifies the nation’s unwavering commitment to honouring and motivating extraordinary athletic achievements, providing athletes with well-deserved recognition and support.
As the news of Kipyegon’s accolades spread, Kenyans across the country joined in celebrating the triumphs of their exceptional athlete. Her dedication, talent, and unwavering spirit have elevated the nation’s status on the global stage of athletics. With Kipyegon’s record-breaking performances and the government’s promise to support future achievements, Kenya’s athletic prowess is set to soar even higher, inspiring generations to come.