“I was surprised by the number of Kenyans that were so invested in my victory for this 1,500m race. They have been praying and supporting me all year long,” said Faith Chepngetich after winning gold at Tokyo Olympics Stadium on Friday.
Faith’s win came as no surprise to many Kenyan who had already seen her dominate other runners from around the world throughout 2018 with a string of victories before arriving in Japan. With such an incredible talent, it is only natural that when she ran into competition they would be blown away like dust mites trying to compete against giants.”
Faith was quick to give thanks to her Father in Heaven for the gold medal after setting a new Olympic record. Faith dedicated this win not only for herself, but also dedicating it with love and respect towards daughter Alyn Kiprono who she says watched back home in Kenya as faith ran most of the race on Friday while Hassan settled for bronze.
“I thank God for the win. I know Kenyans back home were praying for me to succeed here and I am very happy that I was able to retain the gold medal that I won in Rio.
“This is my first gold medal as a mother and I want to say that this was more difficult to achieve than in Rio, but here I am as an Olympic champion again. Thank You Kenyans for praying for me and I am happy to have delivered the gold for you. This gold medal is for Alyn,” Faith said.
The champion who has won two Olympic medals said she expected a faster race and was not surprised by the Olympics record, saying she can run even faster. When asked if she could break the world record, her answer was simple: “I feel like I’m in top shape.”
Faith was the first to break away from Hassan and Laura, leading them until they decided it would be best to take a risk. Risking their chance at victory in order not only for Faith’s daughter but also so that she could have an opportunity too when school is out of session.