Faith Kipyegon surprises the world as she bags gold in 1500m

17 Aug 2016 | by
Faith Kipyegon surprises the world as she bags gold in 1500m

Faith Kipyegon shocked the world. The Kenyan defeated world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia with an amazing final 200 meters to win in a shocking 4:08.93.

Dibab finished second in 4:10.27 and Jenny Simpson of the U.S. won the first ever medal for Team USA in the 1500 meters by finishing third in 4:10.53. American Shannon Rowbury, who holds the American record, was just behind Simpson in fourth place.

The pace dawdled through the first 750 meters as the runners came through in 76-second per lap pace, but then Dibaba roared to the front. Laura Muir of Great Britain stuck on her heel and Faith Kipyegon was in her wake. Kipyegon stuck on her and passed her with 200 meters to go, shockingly.

Dibaba stunned with a 3:50.07 world record run in 2015, and has been the world's dominant middle distance runner since. She raced to an easy win in last year's world championships and won in spectacular fashion again in Rio. Not all is well in Dibab's camp, however. Her coach, Jama Aden, is involved in a doping controversy. He was arrested and allegedly found with the performance enhancing drug EPO in a hotel in Spain this summer.

Dibaba wasn't able to run away with this one, however. Kipyegon is now golden.

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