Faith Kipyegon, a double Olympic champion, has won Kenya’s first gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
Kipyegon, who finished second in the 1500m race in 2019, reclaimed her world title after dominating the race in 3:52.96, the second fastest time at the World Championship.
Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia won silver in 3:54.52, while Laura Muir of the United Kingdom won bronze in 3:55.28.
Kipyegon is the first woman in history to win four World Championship medals, having won silver in 2015 and 2019 and gold in 2017 and 2022.
Kenya’s medal tally at the championships now stands at six, with one gold, three silvers, and two bronzes.
Earlier, defending champion Conseslus Kipruto settled for bronze in the men’s 3000m steeplechase after finishing third.
Kipruto, who was aiming for a third consecutive title, finished third in 8:27.92, trailing gold medalist Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco in 8:25.13 and silver medalist Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia in 8:26.01.
Other Kenyans in the race included Abraham Kibiwott, who finished fifth, and Leonard Bett, who finished 15th after collapsing.
Hellen Obiri (10,000m), Stanley Waithaka (10,000m), and Judith Korir (marathon) all won silver in Oregon, while Margaret Chelimo (10,000m) took bronze.