The world record-breaker Faith Kipyegon is an Arsenal fan
By - Jun 24th 2023
At her training base in Kaptagat, one would expect modern training facilities such as a tartan track and a state-of-the-art gym, but that is not the case.
Kipyegon, an Arsenal fan, and dozens of other athletes training in the secluded location aren’t complaining though. The humility at the training base mirrors Kipyegon’s long journey to stardom.
The world record-breaker was born on January 10, 1994, and she started off her career running barefoot and easily winning school competitions before 2010. Her meteoric rise to stardom also saw her growth in confidence and style.
With two World Records in a span of one week, Kipyegon enters the history books. Her husband, Olympic 800m bronze medallist Timothy Kitum is from Sambirir, Elgeyo Marakwet but the couple and their daughter Alyn live in Eldoret. Athletics enthusiasts are already declaring her the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) on the track. Today, when Kipyegon lines up in a race, the world expects nothing but a huge surprise, and what follows is one reward after another.
Her father Samuel Koech was recently gifted a car by an Eldoret-based car dealer, Rana Auto Selection for his daughter’s stellar performances. From Kiringet where she was raised by her parents Samuel Koech and her mother Linah, Faith ran barefoot at Primary School and later at Winners Girls High School in Keringet, Kuresoi South, Nakuru County.
As soon as the long-striding Kipyegon won the junior race at the 2011 World Cross Country Championships barefoot in Punta Umbria, many observers started billing her for great performances on the track.
As her profile continued to rise, she got a surprise call-up to represent Kenya at the 2012 London Olympics after capping her then-budding career with back-to-back titles at the World Youth and World Junior events in 2011 and 1012.
After the 2016 Rio Olympics, she stayed in Europe for several races before returning. She continued her training under renowned coach Patrick Sang, who also shaped Eliud Kipchoge’s career.
Former European 800m champion-turned-pacemaker par excellence Bram Som, who joined forces with Kipyegon in 2015, once said: “Faith loves and enjoys running cross country; that is a very important aspect. Also cross country is a perfect way to do some quality mileage. It is very important for the last 800m of her 1500m.”
After the stunning 5000m World Record in Paris, her training mates in Kaptagat, led by marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge broke into a dance.