Faith Kipyegon out to make history at world athletics

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Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon is determined to enter into history books as the first ever Kenyan lady to win the 1500 metres world title at the 2017 IAAF London World Championships set to begin Thursday.

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

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She shocked the world when she defeated world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in the women’s 1,500 meters final at the 2016 Olympics with an amazing final 200 meters. She won in a shocking 4:08.92.

The only other Kenyan athlete to reach the podium finish is Hellen Obiri who settled for bronze at the 2013 Championships.

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49 athletes will fly Kenya’s flag at the world championships in London.

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Meanwhile, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah take to the global stage one last time at the London 2017 World Championships from 4-13 August, bidding to crown their track careers with more gold medals.

Jamaican Bolt, who has 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.

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Great Britain’s 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.

 

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