Faith Kipyegon is one of the smallest but strongest athletes in the field. She lives in Keringet, Kenya, where she graduated at the Keringet Winners Girls High school in 2015. This school is a charity project of 'Samen succes' which enables girls to train and study at the same time. Faith is currently coached by Dutch 800m athlete Bram Som.
Faith won her first international title in 2011 by winning the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships barefooted. Later that year, she was one of the pre-race favorites for the 1500m title at the World Youth Championships. She showed everybody that she was the strongest in the field and won the gold medal.
Faith Kipyegon started her 2012 season very strong with a victory at the African CC Championships (junior race), followed by a personal best in the Diamond League in Shanghai. She set a new personal best and Kenyan junior record of 4:03.82. This race gave her confidence for the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. And again, she won the golden medal in the 1500m race.
In 2013 Faith successfully defended her junior title at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz. She became only the third woman in the history of the event to defend her title. In the first Diamond League competition in Doha she broke the Kenyan 1500m record by taking the second place in 3:56.98. Her first international competition as a senior in the Kenyans vest was in 2014, at the African Cross Country Championships in Uganda. Despite being nervous as she represented Kenya for the first time as a senior, she won the African Cross Country title.
Her next big championships as a senior were the 2014 Commomwealth Games where she won the gold medal for Kenya!
Faith had a great outdoor season in 2015 with second places in Eugene, Oslo and Lausanne. But the highlight of the season was definitely the silver 1500m medal at the World Championships in Beijing. During the 2016 outdoor season, she dominated and won all races she took part in. In Rio de Janeiro she put the crown on all her hard work by winning the Olympic gold medal by defeating Genzebe Dibaba. Faith knew it would be a fast race and she really had to kick on the last lap. She covered the last lap in 58.79, which was enough for the gold medal!