Kipyegon to compete in 5,000m at Paris Diamond League

Fresh from setting a new world record in the 1,500m, double Olympic Games 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon has set her focus to run well in the 5,000m.

The journey in the 5,000m is set to kick off next weekend at the Paris Diamond League.

On Friday night, the double world 1,500m champion set a new world record of  3:49.11 during the Rome/Florence Diamond League meeting in Rome Italy by lowering Genzebe Dibaba’s 2015 world record of 3:50.37.

“I know there are very strong ladies in the race but I’m going to run my race and see what is possible. I’ve run the 5000m before but it’s now long since I did so. I want to see what I can do in the distance now,” she said.

“On Friday I’ll be doing 5000 in Paris to see how much I can achieve in the race. After Paris Olympics, I might switch to 5000m. I like the distance and I’m eager to switch to it.”

In Paris, she will be up against Gudaf Tsegayeth of Ethiopia, Beatrice Chebet, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, Dawit Seyaumeth, Margaret Chelimo among others.

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