Kenya's Faith Kipyegon Shatters Women's Mile World Record at Monaco Diamond League

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon Shatters Women’s Mile World Record at Monaco Diamond League

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon continues to shine as she adds another incredible feat to her unforgettable season, smashing the women’s mile world record at the Monaco Diamond League meet on Friday.

This marks her third world record this season, following her previous records in the 1500m and 5000m events back in June.

Kipyegon, a renowned athlete with two Olympic 1500m gold medals and two world championship titles to her name, displayed remarkable prowess by clocking an impressive time of 4 minutes and 7.64 seconds to secure victory.

Her astounding performance not only obliterated the previous world record of 4:12.33, set by Ethiopian-born Dutch runner Sifan Hassan in 2019 in the same Monaco event but also showcased her dominance on the track.

During the race, Kipyegon benefited from both well-timed pace-setting and the aid of the Wavelight trackside lighting system, which indicated world record pace. Seizing the lead with two laps to go, she navigated the course flawlessly, capitalizing on the perfect running conditions with a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.

The intensity of the race was evident as several regional and national records were broken.

Athletes from North America, South America, and Oceania achieved new regional milestones, while Ireland’s Ciara Mageean (second place) and Britain’s Laura Muir (fourth place) secured national records.

“I came for that, I wanted to chase the world record,” said Kipyegon. “It was amazing. And just before the world championships” in Budapest in August.

Completing the podium, Ethiopia’s Freweyni Hailu, who won a silver medal in the Olympic 1500m event, finished third, adding to the event’s high level of competition and excitement.

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