Faith Kipyegon. [PHOTO: COURTESY]

At the Monaco Diamond League on Friday, Faith Kipyegon broke the women’s mile world record by almost five seconds, finishing with a time of four minutes, 7.64 seconds. The previous record of 4:12.33 was set by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in 2019.

This marks Kipyegon’s third world record in two months, adding to her impressive list of achievements. She also set new records in the 1500m and 5000m earlier this season. Kipyegon was supported during the race by pacemakers Kristie Schofield and Winnie Nanyondo and exhibited impressive speed and endurance.

She expressed her satisfaction with the well-planned race and the breaking of the world record, solidifying her status as one of the most remarkable talents in the sport. Here are Ten Things You Should Know About Faith Kipyegon.

1️⃣ Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, born on 10 January 1994, is a remarkable Kenyan middle-distance runner specializing in the 1500 metres.

2️⃣ She is a two-time back-to-back Olympic champion in the 1500m event, setting a Games record and becoming the second woman ever to win consecutive Olympic titles in this discipline.

3️⃣ Faith is also a two-time world champion and the only woman to achieve four global 1500m titles, solidifying her place as one of the most dominant athletes in this event.

4️⃣ Before her athletic career, Faith was a talented soccer player. However, she was introduced to athletics at school when she was just 14 years old, and the rest is history.

5️⃣ In 2014, she clinched the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, and she has been a three-time Diamond League winner, showcasing her excellence and consistency on the track.

6️⃣ Faith earned her first Diamond League 1500m title by triumphing in three races held in Shanghai, USA’s Eugene, and Brussels.

7️⃣ The highlight of her career in 2017 was claiming first place at the London World Championships, making her just the third woman in history to win both the Olympic and World Championships 1500m races.

8️⃣ Despite taking a break for the birth of her first child in 2018, Faith Kipyegon made an incredible comeback in June 2019, winning her signature event with an impressive time of 3:59:04 at the Prefontaine Classic in Palo Alto.

9️⃣ Faith’s journey in athletics began in 2010 when she debuted in the World Cross Country Championships women’s junior race, showcasing her immense talent and determination from a young age.

🔟 Recognizing her impact and influence, Faith Kipyegon was honored as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017, a testament to her inspiring achievements both on and off the track.