The Olympic and World Champion, Faith Kipyegon, set her third World record in the 2023 outdoor season. Faith Kipyegon is perhaps the Great Athlete of All Time at 1,500 meters and miles. Her WRs at the 1,500m and 5,000m now have a third WR, the mile. This release came from NN Running team. 

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon continued her world-record-breaking streak as she shattered the world one-mile record at the Meeting Herculis EBS in Monaco. Running a mind-blowing 4:07.64, the Global Sports Communication athlete lowered the previous world record of 4:12.33, set by Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan in 2019 at the same Stade Louis II track, by 5 seconds.

Kipyegon, a double Olympic and two-time world champion, was the clear winner by over 7 seconds from Ciara Mageean and Freweyni Hailu, running the latter half of the race alone.

After the race, a clearly over-the-moon Kipyegon said: “Monaco is a special place!! I’m so happy to break another record, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place for my final test. Thank you, Monaco.”

Faith Kipyegon, Wanda Diamond League Athletics Meeting
Herculis EBS
July 21, 2023, Monaco, photo by Kevin Morris.

The 29-year-old has now broken three world records in less than two months, with world records on the 1500m and 5000m at the Florence and Paris Diamond League, respectively, and a one-mile world record set in Monaco. Impressively Monaco’s one-mile run marked Kipyegon’s first run over the distance since the Oslo Diamond League in 2016, echoing her 5000m run in June, which came after an eight-year break from that discipline.

With the World Championships taking place in August in Budapest, Kipyegon will have high hopes of adding a third crown as she will be defending her title over 1500m. She has also confirmed she will contest the 5000m, where she is the current world record holder.