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Kenya: Runner Kipyegon rewarded with $35,000 and house for breaking 2 world records

Kenya:  Runner Kipyegon rewarded with $35,000 and house for breaking 2 world records
Faith Kipyegon, of Kenya, poses after winning the Women 5000 meters setting a new world record during the Meeting de Paris Diamond League athletics meet in Paris, Friday, June   -  
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Distance runner Faith Kipyegon was given $35,000 and a house by Kenyan President William Ruto on Tuesday (June 13) as a reward for breaking two world records in the space of a week.

Kipyegon, who met with Ruto at the president's office, said she would now fulfill a promise she had made to buy her father a new car.

The 29-year-old Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic champion in the 1,500 meters, set a new 1,500 world record in Florence, Italy on June 2 when she broke the eight-year-old mark set by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia. Kipyegon became the first woman to go under 3 minutes, 50 seconds with her 3:49.11.

She broke the 5,000 meters record last Friday at the Paris Diamond League meet by clocking 14:05.20, winning that race ahead of former world record-holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia.

“Faith has made Kenya incredibly proud,” Ruto said. “She stands as a shining model of consistency, discipline, hard work, as well as family. Faith is a great Kenyan woman — a mother, a wife and a world champion rolled into one.”

Ruto pledged that the Kenyan government will also give similar rewards to future world-record breakers.

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