Faith Kipyegon shares two reasons behind her record-breaking 1500m display at Paris Diamond League

Kipyegon reveals two reasons behind her record-breaking display at the Paris Diamond League, despite it only being her second race of the season which has been hindered by injuries.

Faith Kipyegon has offered an insight into the factors that have been fueling her seemingly nonchalant ability to dominate races.

Kipyegon, who launched her Diamond League season in Paris on Sunday, took the world by surprise as she shattered her own record in the 1500m, running 3.49.04, some seven microseconds faster than when she broke the record again in Monaco a year ago.

 Kipyegon showcased why she is a force to be reckoned with as she eyes a historic third consecutive Olympic gold in the 1500m. 

Speaking to Citius Mag, Kipyegon revealed the two crucial factors fueling her dominant display: belief in her training and the competitive push from fellow athletes.

1. Unwavering Belief in Training

Kipyegon attributed her record-breaking performance to her confidence in the rigorous training she underwent. Despite the long absence from the track, her belief in the hard work and preparation was unwavering.

 “I think it is all about believing in the training I have done so far. After I asked my coach what was possible in Paris, he told me, ‘Yeah, everything is possible, you never know, the training you have done (could reap reward),” Kipyegon explained. 

This confidence propelled her to execute her race strategy flawlessly, leading to her remarkable finish. “I came here and just believed in myself, executed it just to see what was possible. I came here and ran a world record in my first Diamond League classic of the season,” she added.

2. Competitive Push from Jessica Hull

Another significant factor in Kipyegon’s stellar performance was the intense competition from Australian runner Jessica Hull. Hull’s relentless pressure throughout the race kept Kipyegon on her toes, ultimately pushing her to new heights.

 Hull's impressive time of 3:50.83 not only set a new Australian record but also became the fifth quickest ever run by a female athlete. Reflecting on the race, Kipyegon expressed her admiration for Hull’s performance.

 “I was like, who is following me? But I turned back and saw Jessica Hull behind me. It was really feeling great to push each other towards the finish line. I am really really happy for her,” Kipyegon said. 

Hull’s presence and competitiveness provided Kipyegon with the energy and drive needed to break her own world record.

posted Monday July 8th
by Mark Kinyanjui