FAITH KIPYEGON DETERMINED TO BECOME FIRST KENYAN WOMAN TO WIN 1,500M WORLD TITLE

LONDON, Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon is determined to enter into history books as the first Kenyan woman to win the 1500 metres world title at the 2017 IAAF London World Championships which begin here Friday.

Kipyegon, who won gold at the Rio Olympic last year, came close to the gold medal in 2015 but settled for the silver medal after being beaten into second place behind Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba.

However, she shocked the world when she defeated world record holder Dibaba in the women’s 1,500m final at the 2016 Olympics with an amazing final 200 meters to win in a stunning 4:08.92. The only other Kenyan to reach the podium in the event was Hellen Obiri, who took bronze at the 2013 World Championships.

A total of 49 athletes are in the Kenyan team for championships where Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Britain’s Mo Farah will compete on the global stage one last time as they seek to crown their track careers with gold medals.

Bolt, who completed the 100m-200m sprint double at the past two World Championships, plans to compete in the 100m and 4x100m relay as he bids farewell to the sport.

Farah, who will switch to road racing next season, seeks to complete an unprecedented fifth double in the 5,000m and 10,000m, having won both titles at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, as well as at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK