Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon outpaced favourite Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia yesterday in the Olympics women 1500 meters, to finish first, giving Kenya her third gold in Rio.
Kipyegon won the race in a record 4:08.92. as Dibaba settled for silver in 4:10.27. USA’s Jennifer Simpson clinched the bronze medal in a time of 4:10.92.
“I knew it would be a fast race, I really had to kick on the last lap. “I didn’t believe I could win but I thank God for helping me to win here in Rio. It’s my first Olympics and I’m so excited,” Kipyegon said.”
The 22 year old 1500m Olympic champ is said to have completed high school last year.