Kenyan athlete Faith Kipyegon smashed the women’s mile World Record at the Monaco Diamond League by almost five seconds on Friday, completing the race in a time of 4:07.64 to shatter Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan’s 2019 mark of 4:12.33.
Recall that Hassan’s record was also set in Monaco. And in a race where many of the competitors achieved Personal Best times, Kipyegon has now broken three world records in just two months, including the 1500m and 5000m.
“I have done good training so far and I just came for it. The time – yes, it was really good because the race was well planned,” Kipyegon, who took the lead with two laps to run, said. “It just went smoothly and to accomplish the world record – that is amazing.”
“I do not know how I am doing this because it just keeps going really in a good way. When I started this season, my goal was to just break the 1500m world record. It was still in my head and in my mind. Thank God I did also the one mile and the 5000m. So many.”
“I want to defend my world title at 1500m in Hungary but I am going to double also with 5000m in Budapest,” she added.
Faith Kipyegon has absolutely obliterated the mile world record to complete a historic #DiamondLeague hat-trick.
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) July 21, 2023
The Olympic and world champion, Kipyegon, has marched across Europe in the last seven weeks dominating her contests. She started this imperious run of Wanda Diamond League form in Florence on 2 June, when she became the first woman to run 1500m in under 3:50.
She then conquered Paris a week later, this time splintering the 5000m record, before laying siege to the mile in Monaco. On a hot and humid evening, Kipyegon did not allow anything to distract her from the prize.
The Kenyan locked in immediately to the world record pace being marked by flashing lights inside the track and relaxed into an easy rhythm for three laps.