William Ruto, President of Kenya, congratulated the athlete on Tuesday Faith Kipyegon after beating the world records of 1,500 meters in Italy and 5,000 in France, so the government of the African country will reward her with 5 million Kenyan shillingsmore of 33 thousand euros.
During a reception at the State Houseseat of the presidency, in Nairobiwhich was attended by the winner and other Kenyan athletes, route he claimed:
This morning is a good morning because we welcome Faith Kipyegon. We celebrate two all-time records achieved by Faith in one week.
Exactly one week after breaking the 1500m world record, 🇰🇪’s Faith Kipyegon runs the fastest 5000m in history with 14:05.20 😳
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Kipyegon and his family had breakfast with the president kenyanafter the invitation to “celebrate not only what she did for herself, but what he did for the nation of Kenya.”
This award is the first example of a new initiative of the Kenyan authorities unveiled by Ruto for motivate the country’s young athletes.
President William Ruto awards 1500M and 5000M World Record holder Faith Kipyegon Ksh.5 million and a Ksh.6 million home pic.twitter.com/awOcvl5rF7
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We have decided that the Kenyan Government is going to award 5 million shillings to any Kenyan who participates in a world event and breaks a world record. And today we’re going to start with Faith.
The athlete will also receive ahome valued at 6 million Kenyan shillings (about 40 thousand euros) for having beaten two records in a single week.
Faith has made Kenya incredibly proud. It is a model of perseverance, discipline, hard work, and family.
The president also congratulated the Kenyan athletes Emmanuel Wanyonyi (winner of the 800 meters) and Ferdinand Omanyala (second in the 100 meters) for his successes in Paris.
kipyegon added last Friday his second world record in the last seven daysafter setting a new universal record of the 5 thousand meters by winning the meeting in the French capital, the fourth meeting of the diamond leaguewith a time of 14:05.20 minutes.
Thus, the Kenyan athlete rdropped the world record by 1.42 seconds that the Ethiopian owned Letesenbet Gidey since October 2020 with a time of 14:06.62.
The previous Friday, the athlete had become the first woman in history to drop below the 3:50 barrier in the thousand 500 meters, after running in 3:49.11 in Florence (Italy).
Nothing seems impossible for Faith Kipyegonwho at 29 years of age seems willing not only to dominate the 1,500 meters with an iron fist, a distance in which the Kenyan is the current Olympic and world championbut to expand its territory to 5 thousand meters.
(With information from EFE)