I can finally fulfill my promise to Dad, says Faith Kipyegon

1500 and 5000 meters World Record holder Faith Kipyegon when she broke the 5000m record in France./COURTESY

1500M and 5000M record holder Faith Kipyegon says she will buy a car for her father as she had.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, during a breakfast meeting with President William Ruto, Kipyegon revealed that she had promised her dad a vehicle if she breaks the records and now the time had come to keep her word.

Kipyegon had a best record of 3:49.11 in 1500m in Florence, Italy, beating Genzebe Dibaba’s previous World Record of 3:50.07 set in Monaco in 2015, before shattering the 5000m record when she ran 14:05.20 in Paris, France.

Faith Kipyegon with President William Ruto at State House in Nairobi on Tuesday. Kipyegon was awarded sh.5 million and a house worth sh.6 million by the State for breaking the 1500 and 5000 meters World Records./COURTESY

Faith Kipyegon received five million shillings and a house worth six million shillings from the government as they celebrated her at State House.

President Ruto also promised new world record holders will now receive five million shillings in a new plan that seeks to escalate Kenya’s profile as a top sporting country.