August 6, 2021. Faith Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal and breaking the Olympic record REUTERS

Will Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon shift her focus to 5,000m after retaining her Olympics 1500 metres gold at the Olympic Stadium on Friday?

In an interview with last year, Faith Kipyegon revealed that she was considering a new challenge after the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“Hopefully I want to defend my title before I shift to 5,000m because I want to shift to 5,000m in the future. I want to defend my title in the 2020 Olympics and hopefully, I will do my best,” she said.

However, Faith is yet to confirm if she will be upgrading to the 5,000m event after winning her women’s 1,500m gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

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She successfully defended her 1500m gold medal with an Olympic record time of 3:53.11.

The previous Olympic record of 3:53.96 was set by Romania’s Paula Ivan in Seoul in 1988.

August 6, 2021. Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Laura Muir of Britain in action REUTERS

Hassan had to settle for bronze as Britain’s Laura Muir took silver at the Olympic Stadium.

Hassan came into the race as the newly-crowned 5,000m Olympic champion, a first of what she had hoped would be a hat-trick of golds. She also plans to compete in the 10,000m on Saturday.

Kipyegon came back stronger after she became a mother for the first time in 2018. It is a role she loves: “It’s really nice when I see my daughter running around and calling me ‘mamma’. So it just gives me motivation to work hard for her future.”

In 2019, Kipyegon made the switch to train under Patrick Sang in the now-legendary camp in Kaptagat. It has become a breeding ground for champions, and her training partners now include marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and half marathon world record holder Geoffrey Kamworor.


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