Faith Kipyegon's track rival opens up on their special bond

ATHLETICS Faith Kipyegon's track rival opens up on their special bond

Abigael Wafula 21:00 - 21.12.2023

Laura Muir has opened up on why she and Faith Kipyegon share a special bond.

One of Faith Kipyegon’s track rivals, Laura Muir, has shared why she shares a special bond with the Kenyan.

Muir explained that she and Kipyegon have been in the game for a long while other runners just come and go. Speaking to Athletics Weekly, the Scottish runner noted that Kipyegon deserves all her accolades and recognition since she has worked hard for all of it.

She revealed that as they were starting, she was pretty sad about how the world was not recognising Kipyegon but she was glad that it all happened after she broke the world record.

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“I remember, a couple of years ago, just being quite frustrated that Faith wasn’t really getting the recognition she deserved.

She’d won everything, multiple times, the only thing she was missing was that world record. For her to break that record this year and really elevate her profile… I’m so happy for that because she really deserves it and it’s been a long time coming,” Muir said.

The Commonwealth Games 1500m champion was privileged to have witnessed Kipyegon break all three world records.

“I was the only one in all three (of Kipyegon’s world record-breaking performances), which is quite funny. We’ve been around a long, long time and in eight global finals together since 2014.

We’re the two who have kept on going and then other people come in and out. Over that period of time, I think the event has changed a lot.

We used to have two or three standout performers and then a gap but now there’s eight, nine, 10 people that are all very similar, very, very fast and running very fast times,” she added.

She also observed that the depth of the 1500m has grown a lot and the times that are being run now are crazy.

Muir also thinks she would be going to have to try and grab a couple of seconds to get on the podium for next year but she believes it is possible.