2022 World Championships: Faith Kipyegon Bags Kenya's First Gold

The now double Olympic and World Champion crossed the finish line at a time of 3:52:96...

2022 World Championships: Faith Kipyegon Bags Kenya's First Gold
Faith Kipyegon after winning gold in the women's 1500 metres at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, USA. /TWITTER

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon ended Kenya's wait for a first gold medal at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, USA after winning the women's 1500 metres race on Monday, July 18.

The now double Olympic and World Champion crossed the finish line at a time of 3:52:96 ahead of Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay who came in second at 3:54.52 for the silver medal.

British Laura Muir finished third at 3:55.28 to settle for a bronze medal in the race that took place at 5.20 am Kenyan time.

Judith Korir bags silver in the women's marathon at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, USA. /NATION BREAKING

Following her impressive display, Kenyans took to social media to congratulate her on her amazing feat after securing the country's first gold medal in the event.

"Incredible performance! Congratulations Faith Kipyegon for winning Gold and regaining your world 1500M title. Well in Judith Korir and Stanley Mburu for clinching Silver on your respective races and Conseslus Kipruto’s Bronze," wrote Deputy President William Ruto.

"Well done, what a powerful finish by Faith Kipyegon to take the 1500 M Gold medal. Congratulations! Keep running and keep inspiring our youth," former Prime Minister Raila Odinga weighed in.

Kipyegon's latest victory affirms her amongst the list of legends with gold medal wins in London (2017), Silver in Beijing (2015) and Doha (2019) at the World Championships.

"I'm so grateful. I'm really happy I have won this race here in Oregon and it was really my target to win. I knew I was the best...and I was really looking forward to defending my title from 2017...yeah, I have the flag of Kenya," she spoke after the victory.

Conseslus Kipruto had earlier on won a bronze medal in the 3,000m men's steeplechase after finishing third behind Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco and Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia respectively.

Hellen Obiri and Margaret Chelimo earned Kenya her first medals by winning silver and bronze in the women’s 10,000m race and Stanley Stanley Waithaka Mburu later clinched a silver medal in the men’s 10,000m race.

Kipyegon's win puts to bed, for now, Kenya's worrying performances at the WC for the past four days with athletes coming short of the gold medal in the distance races they are known for across the world.

Judith Jeptum Korir claimed silver at the women's marathon after she was beaten to the top by Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia.

Ferdinand Omanyala finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 100 metres with 10.14 seconds, behind Oblique Seville of Jamaica who clocked 9:30, Marvin Bracy (9:93), Aaron Brown (10:06) and Favour Oghene of Nigeria (10:12) and lost out on a place in the final as a result.

Ferdinand Omanyala during the World Championships in Oregon, USA on July 16, 2022.