Kenyan Athletics Champion Faith Kipyegon jetted back into the country Tuesday, March 13th, after a remarkable performance at the recently concluded IAAF Diamond League “Meeting de Paris” athletics competition.
The 29-year-old broke the record for the 1500m in Florence, Italy, on Friday, June 2nd before breaking the world record for the 5000m in Paris, France a week later.
President William Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba received her upon her arrival into the country with honours.
As a result, Kipyegon was awarded Ksh 5 million along with a brand new three-bedroom house worth Ksh 6 million by President Ruto. He further added that Ksh 5 million would be awarded to any athlete that successfully breaks a world record.
“Going forward, we have decided that any Kenyan who participates in a world event and goes on to break the record, unlike in the past, will be recognised through cash rewards,” Ruto stated.
Among those accompanying were Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala, 3000m steeplechase World Record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, and Commonwealth Games 800m champion Mary Moraa.
Kipyegon is expected to be Kenya’s main candidate for the Gold medal in both races at both the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest and 2024 Olympics in Paris.