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Religion Kipyegon named World Observe Athlete of the 12 months

On Monday night time on the 2023 World Athletics Awards in Monaco, Kenya’s Religion Kipyegon took prime honours, capping off her almost flawless season. The double world champion was named World Feminine Observe Athlete of the 12 months, a title awarded to her by the general public, her friends and the World Athletics Council.

Kipyegon made headlines by breaking three world data in 2023, within the 1,500m, mile and 5,000m occasions, along with clinching two world championship titles on the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. She efficiently defended her world title within the 1,500m and received her first world championship over 5,000m, dealing with one of many deepest fields within the occasion’s historical past.

This historic achievement marks the primary time a Kenyan lady has obtained the celebrated award since its inception in 1988. The earlier winner was U.S. 400m hurdler Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone in 2022.

Faith Kipyegon Diribe welteji
Religion Kipyegon celebrates her 5,000m win on the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Photograph: Kevin Morris

All through 2023, the 29-year-old mom pushed the boundaries of distance operating, engaging in feats that followers of the game thought of almost unimaginable. Kipyegon grew to become the primary lady to finish the 1,500m in beneath three minutes and 50 seconds (3:49:11) and achieved one other milestone by additionally changing into the primary lady to run a sub-4:10 mile, clocking in at 4:07.64 at Monaco Diamond League in July.

For the primary time ever, World Athletics cut up the Athlete of the 12 months award into three disciplines: observe, discipline and non-stadia.

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela received the Ladies’s Area Athlete of the 12 months; Rojas received her fourth consecutive world championship title within the ladies’s triple leap and her third-straight Diamond League title. New ladies’s marathon world file holder Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia received the non-stadia award. Assefa shattered the ladies’s world marathon file on the 2023 Berlin Marathon, operating an unbelievable 2:11:53 and breaking the earlier file by almost two and a half minutes.

World Athletics stated in a press launch that their choice to divide the award into three classes got here from followers and council members after they commented that it was “extremely arduous” to restrict the vote to only one athlete.



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