Where & when Faith Kipyegon will race for first time in 2024

14th May 2024

Kipyegon will be hoping to reclaim her 5000m world record at the same venue where she lost it to her Ethiopian rival Gudaf Tsegay.

Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO| AFP
Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO| AFP
  • Faith Kipyegon is set to run her first race of 2024 at the Eugene Diamond League.
  • She will take part in the 5000m discipline in the event scheduled to be held on May 25.
  • Some of the other Kenyan runners confirmed for Eugene Diamond League include Mary Moraa and Timothy Cheruiyot.

1500m world record holder Faith Kipyegon is finally expected to compete for the first time this year at the Eugene Diamond League also known as the Prefontaine Classic.

The mother of one has not taken part in a race for over six months and some of her fans were starting to get concerned.

However, the good news finally broke on Sunday night, when the Wanda Diamond League announced that Kipyegon will grace the Prefontaine Classic slated for May 25.

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“Faith Kipyegon will take on the 5000m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 25th, almost a year after she broke the world record over the distance at the Wanda Diamond League in Paris last season,” the statement read in part.

The multiple world champion will be seeking to reclaim her 5000m world record in Eugene, the same venue where she lost it to her Ethiopian rival Gudaf Tsegay.

Tsegay ran a sensational race at the event last year, crossing the finishing line in 14:00.21 and in the process broke Kipyegon’s former world record of 14:05.20.

Moreover, the latter will use the Prefontaine Classic to gauge herself ahead of the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games, which is set to kick off on July 26.

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Apart from Kipyegon, several Kenyan runners including Faith Cherotich and the reigning 800m world champion Mary Moraa have also been confirmed for the event.

Moraa recently produced an impressive performance in her first 800m race outside the country, winning the Doha Diamond League title in a season-best time of 1:57.91.

In Eugene, the 23-year-old is expected to face stiff competition from the likes of United States’ runner Athing Mu.

Other Kenyans who will race in Eugene include 3000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Reynold Kipkorir, Abel Kipsang, and Timothy Cheruiyot.

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