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Faith Kipyegon’s world mile record ratified

Friday, October 27th, 2023 09:16 | By
World triple record holder Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/World Atheltics
World triple record holder Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/World Atheltics

Kenya's superstar and world 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon has had her mile record ratified by World Athletics.

Kipyegon's record was ratified alongside Jamaica's Roshawn Clarke’s world U20 400m hurdles record, and both were set earlier this year and have now been ratified.

Kipyegon, 29, shattered previous records to register new ones when she clocked 3:49.11 for 1500m in Florence and 14:05.20 for 5000m in Paris. The world champion set three records on the track this year, the first two coming within a week of each other.

Several weeks later, on the mile at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, she locked in immediately to the world record pace being marked by flashing lights inside the track and relaxed into an easy rhythm for three laps, passing through 800m in 2:04.6 and 1000m in 2:35.6.

"At the bell, she charged out like a prizefighter, punching the world record into the dust with every stride. The pacing lights were a distant second as she skimmed around the track to stop the clock in 4:07.64, more than four seconds faster than the standard her long-term rival Sifan Hassan set on the same track on July 12, 2019 (4:12.33).

"She won by almost seven seconds – more than half the length of the straight – despite three women behind her setting area records, six setting national records, and 11 setting personal bests," World Athletics notes.

Word record chase

“I really enjoyed the race. I came for that; I wanted to chase the world record,” Kipyegon, who passed through the 1500m point in 3:51.41 and was nominated for the World Athlete of the Year 2023 nominees, said.

Clarke's season

On the other hand, Clarke enjoyed a phenomenal breakthrough season this year and, in the process, set a world U20 record and registered a fourth-place finish at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest in August.

Jamaica's Roshawn Clarke world U20 400m hurdles runner. PHOTO/World Athletics
Jamaica's Roshawn Clarke world U20 400m hurdles runner. PHOTO/World Athletics

At the start of the year, his personal best stood at 49.35, which he set en route to taking bronze at the 2022 World U20 Championships. 

He broke his personal best in mid-May, then made two further revisions at the senior Jamaican Championships in July, clocking 48.91 in the heats and 47.85 in the final on July 7, the latter equalling the world U20 record set by the USA's Sean Burrell on June 11, 2021.

At the World Championship, he went on to finish second in his semifinal in a world U20 record of 47.34 – a time that would have been good enough for gold at many past editions of the championships. In the final one day later, Clarke finished fourth in 48.07 and beat some of the best 400m hurdlers in the world.

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