- At just 23 years of age, Chepng'etich has achieved everything on the track, grabbing all gold medals on offer.
Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon, Kenya’s middle distance sensation from Keringet, Nakuru County, electrified the world on Monday night with her breathtaking victory in the 1,500 metres final.
It was a huge moment for a youngster who, at just 23 years of age, has achieved everything on the track, grabbing all gold medals on offer.
She has the world and Olympic titles, and also panned gold medals at the World Youth Championships in 2011, World Junior Championships in 2012 besides victories in the Africa and World Cross Country Championships in the junior ranks.
Coached by Dutchman Bram Som, himself a legendary, indefatigable 800 metres pacemaker of the William Tanui mould, and managed by Jos Hermens’ Global Sports Communications, Chepng’etich also holds the national record at three minutes, 56.41 seconds which she set last year.
But, even with all these accolades, it’s shocking that the British media here turned a blind eye on our “Keringet Express” instead shining the spotlight on their own contender Laura Muir, never mind the fact that she didn’t even get a bronze.
Well, you could play the patriotism card, bla bla, but for professional media not to tell the story of the most consistent 1,500m runner is baffling, to say the least.
“Muir has won the mind games… now for the gold” screamed a headline in the Evening Standard on race day Monday.
Amazingly, the athletics correspondent, Matt Majendie, who has visited Kenya before, didn’t even mention Chepng’etich in his preview.