Faith Kipyegon is a Kenyan middle-distance runner who specializes in the 1500 meters.
She was born on January 10, 1994, and grew up on a farm in the Kenyan Rift Valley. She was the eighth of nine children.
Faith was a soccer player until she was introduced to athletics at school at the age of 14. She won her first race, a one-kilometer run in PE class, by 20 meters.
She is a two-time back-to-back Olympic champion in the 1500 meters, with the Games record, and a two-time world champion.
Faith is the only woman to win four global 1500m titles and only the second woman to claim consecutive Olympic titles in the event.
She is the current world record holder for the 1500 meters, with a time of 3:49.11, which she set in Florence, Italy, in June 2023.
In August 2023, Faith broke her own world record in the women’s mile, with a time of 4:07.64.
She is known for pushing the pace early in races and pulling away down the stretch. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest 1500m runners of all time.
This has been an amazing year for me. Making history yesterday, winning two gold medals in a championships is what I was dreaming for this season. My dream just came true, it is amazing. I have been consistent, focused on the finish line and on writing history. I will continue… pic.twitter.com/q7bbWLYr6u
— Faith Kipyegon (@Kipyegon_Faith) August 27, 2023
Faith Kipyegon net worth
Faith has an estimated net worth of anything between $1.5 million to $5 million, per Sports Brief and Freshers Live respectively.
She has made her fortune from her successful athletic career and endorsement deals with brands such as Nike.
For instance, according to Sports Leo, Faith earned $185,905 in just four months.
Faith Kipyegon house
Although nothing much is known about Faith’s house, it is understood that Kenya’s President William Ruto gifted the athlete a Ksh 6 million house in Nairobi.
Faith Kipyegon career
Faith made her senior debut at the 2012 London Olympics, where she failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 1500 meters.
She improved her performance at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, where she finished fifth in the final.
Faith won her first major title at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, beating Laura Muir of Great Britain.
Since then, she has become one of the most successful and dominant athletes in the history of the 1500 meters, having won two Olympic gold medals, two world titles, and set the world record of 3:49.11 in 2022.
Faith is also the second woman ever to win back-to-back Olympic titles in the 1500 meters, after Tatyana Kazankina of the Soviet Union.
She has shattered world records in the 1500 meters, 5000 meters, and the mile over a two-month stretch in 2023.
She is widely regarded as one of the greatest 1500m runners and has inspired many people with her achievements.
Faith is also known for her humility and sportsmanship, often congratulating her opponents after races and thanking her supporters.