Faith Kipyegon satisfied despite disappointing outing in Riga

Sunday, October 1st, 2023 19:25 | By
World triple record holder Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/World Atheltics
World triple record holder Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/World Atheltics

Faith Kipyegon said she is satisfied with her season's performances despite failing to lift gold in the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

The world record holder finished third, as she was beaten by her Ethiopian rivals, Diribe Welteji and Freweyni Hailu.

Kipyegon satisfied

Although she failed to reign supreme even though she was seen as a favourite, Kipyegon revealed that she is glad nonetheless.

"It was a very successful season, but unfortunately, I am a little bit tired today. It feels good to be part of these first World Road Running Championships, so I am glad I did it.

"This was my first road race, so I did well," Kipyegon said after the race, as quoted by World Athletics.

Welteji won her first senior title as her compatriot Freweyni Hailu got the silver when she finished in 4:23.06, compared to Kipyegon's 4:24.13.

This victory means Welteji won her first senior world title in 4:20.98, improving on the inaugural road mile record of 4:27.97 set by Nikki Hiltz in Des Moines in April.

Meanwhile, Peres Jepchirchir, who claimed a third-world half-marathon title, explained how she was happy after establishing herself as one of the greats following the Riga triumph.

She won gold after running in 1:07:25 and was followed by Margaret Chelimo in 1:07:26, while Catherine Amanang’ole came in third in 1:07:34.

“When I saw the tape, I started celebrating," Jepchirchir said.

Jepchirchir makes history

After beating her compatriots to win the third world half-marathon title, Jepchirchir revealed where her focus is now. She is only the fourth woman in history to win three half-marathon gold medals

“Next month I’m going to run the New York City Marathon,” said Jepchirchir, who will then train her sights on retaining her Olympic marathon title.

"That's my prayer; I pray to God for good health to get that chance. I will try my best," she concluded.

Peres Jepchirchir in Riga Road Championship. PHOTO/World Athletics
Peres Jepchirchir in Riga Road Championship. PHOTO/World Athletics

Chelimo, on the other hand, said she enjoyed running against Jepchirchir.

“It was great to run with Peres today. I am always proud to run for Kenya. I was fourth at the World Championships on the track, so to get a medal today is very special.

"It’s very nice to see that I’m progressing, and next, I will race the Valencia Half Marathon," she said.

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