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Kipyegon ends season on high, eyes world record

Monday, September 20th, 2021 00:00 | By
Faith Kipyegon leads the way during the women’s 1,500m race at the Kasarani stadium on Saturday. Photo/PD/DAVID

Two-time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon and world under- 20 1,500m winner Vincent Keter had a dream end to the season at the second edition of the  Absa Kip Keino Classic on Saturday.

Kipyegon, who timed 4:02.41 to win her speciality event, wants to take time off after a rewarding season to plot to attack the world record next season. With a personal best of 3:51.07, she feels the world record is achievable.

“I don’t want to speculate, but to be honest, attempting the world record is something I am thinking about.

Mind you, for records you can only attack them when you’re in shape,” said Kipyegon.

In the men’s race  Keter graduated to senior ranks in style, clocking 3:35.99 to edge out Moroccan Abdellatif Sadiki to second place in 3:36.63. Ethiopia’s Kasaye Adehena came in third in 3:38.18.

Keter said the absence of world champion and mentor Timothy Cheruiyot made his work easier.

“It feels great to win my first major senior race, most importantly at home,” said Keter.

“I want to one  day achieve what Cheruiyot has been able to accomplish and with his guidance, I feel like I will be able to get there,” he said.

“I think I am now ready to compete with seniors. I heeded advice from Cheruiyot who is my role model and I hope to continue with this form next season. I still have a race to go before I close my season.” 

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