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Faith Kipyegon clinches Kenya's first gold medal in Oregon

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EUGENE, OREGON - JULY 18: Gold medalist Faith Kipyegon of Team Kenya celebrates after competing in the Women's 1500m Final on day four of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 18, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics)

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon has etched her name in the history books by becoming a double world champion at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Kipyegon, now a 1,500m double Olympic and World Champion crossed the finish line in a time of 3:52:96. Her win ensured Kenya won her first gold medal at the global championships.

In a packed Hayward Field, Kipyegon on Tuesday, July 19 also became the first woman to win four global 1,500m titles.

Speaking after the race, Kipyegon explained that before she went into the competition, she felt like she was carrying the weight of not only Kenya but the world in her shoulders.

"I was facing a lot of pressure,” said Kipyegon, the two-time Olympic champion in the 1500m. “Everybody was expecting something special from me. Everybody was like, ‘Faith, we believe in Faith,’ so it was a real pressure. But I managed it.”

Kipyegon's win coincided with ‘Women in the Spotlight’ day, and she marked the occasion in spectacular fashion as immediately she crossed the finish line, she kissed the track and blew kisses to the crowd.

“I’m so grateful to have won the gold medal,” Kipyegon said. “This was my big target. I did do it. I was really looking forward to this championship. I was really, really prepared for this race.”

Kipyegon further spoke of her competition of the day. She specifically pointed out the relentlessness from Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, who for most part of the race lead from the front.

“To tell you the truth, I knew the Ethiopian lady was going to be fast,” Kipyegon said. “I knew she was a front-runner, and we ran really quick and I thank God I won.”

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