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Kenya Rewards Runner Kipyegon with $35,000 and House for Breaking 2 World Records

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Kenyan distance runner Faith Kipyegon received a remarkable reward from President William Ruto on Tuesday for her extraordinary achievements.

The president presented Kipyegon with a cash prize of $35,000 and a new house in recognition of her recent world record-breaking feats.

Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic champion in the 1,500 meters, shattered the previous world record during a race in Florence, Italy, on June 2.

Kenya Rewards Runner Kipyegon with $35,000 and House for Breaking 2 World Records

Her time of 3 minutes and 49.11 seconds surpassed the eight-year-old mark set by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, making Kipyegon the first woman to complete the distance in under 3 minutes and 50 seconds.

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Just a few days later, Kipyegon broke another world record in the 5,000 meters at the Paris Diamond League meet. She clocked an impressive time of 14 minutes and 5.20 seconds, defeating former record-holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia in the process.

President Ruto commended Kipyegon for her outstanding accomplishments, describing her as a shining example of consistency, discipline, hard work, and family values. He emphasized that Kipyegon represents the epitome of a Kenyan woman—dedicated, accomplished, and a role model for others.

Kenya Rewards Runner Kipyegon with $35,000 and House for Breaking 2 World Records

Furthermore, President Ruto pledged that the Kenyan government will continue to honor and reward future world-record breakers with similar recognition and support.

Faith Kipyegon’s achievements have undoubtedly brought immense pride to Kenya, solidifying her status as one of the country’s greatest sporting heroes.

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