Faith Kipyegon receives KES 2 million from Safaricom for breaking two world records
Safaricom plc has awarded Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon KES 2 million cash reward for her exemplary achievement in breaking two world records in 1500m and 5000m races.
Kipyegon clocked 3:49.11 and 14:05.20 in 1500m and 5000m at Florence Diamond League and Paris Diamond League, respectively, to become the new world record holder in the respective races.
The Kenyan beat Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, who was the 5000m world record holder after setting the record at 3:50.07 in 2015.
“Beating two world records in a span of one week is amazing. It came as a surprise, and up to now, I am still shocked. I didn’t expect this, but again I believe I was well prepared for a good race and to break my personal best. I thank Safaricom for recognising and honouring me; this is a big gesture in support of Kenyan athletes,” Faith Kipyegon said.
On the other hand, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa lauded the athlete for her stellar performance and for flying the Kenyan flag high on the global map.
“At Safaricom, we are committed to supporting talents in the country. We appreciate and feel proud of what Faith has achieved and for her stellar performance, breaking two world records in one week. I believe this will help motivate many more talents in the country,” Peter Ndegwa, said.
Further, Safaricom displayed Faith Kipyegon’s image on the KICC building as part of her recognition and celebration.
On Friday, June 9, the two-time Olympic champion broke the world record in the women’s 5,000 meters at the Paris Diamond League Meeting, running 14:05.20.
On her arrival back to the country, Kipyegon was received by President William Ruto and awarded KES 5 million for one record and a new house worth KES 6 million for the other.
President Ruto announced generous rewards for Kenyan athletes breaking world records, pledging KES 5 million for each achievement.