Kenyan Kipyegon gunning for world record in women’s 1000m in Brussels

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon will be gunning for the women’s 1000m world record in Brussels on Friday.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon takes gold in the women’s 1500m at the London World Championship in 2017. Picture credit:

ANA Sports Reporter

JOHANNESBURG, September 3 (ANA) – Kenyan Faith Kipyegon will have a dip at the women’s 1000m world record at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.

Not only will the Olympic 1500m champion Kipyegon will challenge the women’s 1000m mark, the men’s and women’s one-hour records will be under threat from, in the first instance, Britain’s Somali-born multiple world and Olympic champion Mo Farah, and in the second, world 1500m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Kenya’s world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei.

Kipyegon will be attempting to better the mark of 2:28.98 set by Russia’s double Olympic champion Svetlana Masterkova on the same track in 1996.

And the Kenyan will approach her task with plenty of confidence given her performance in the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Monaco last month, where she finished just 17 hundredths of a second adrift of the Russian’s time.

Kipyegon, has already won gold in the 1500m at the World Championships in 2017 and at the Rio Olympics – ahead of none other Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba. The pair will clash again in the women’s 1500m in the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Ostrava on September 8.

Now 37, Farah – winner of the 5000m and 10,000m at the last two Olympics – is returning to the track for the first time since switching to road racing in 2017 and has prepared for his effort at the high altitude of Font Romeu in the Pyrenees. – African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Michael Sherman

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