After setting two new world records in the 1500m and 500m races, Faith Kipyegon was awarded KES 2 million by Safaricom for her outstanding performance.
The two-time Olympic champion set new world records in the 1500 and 5000 meters at the Florence Diamond League and Paris Diamond League, respectively, with times of 3:49.11 and 14:05.20. Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who had held the 5000-meter world record since setting it in 2015 at 3:50.07, was defeated by the Kenyan. She has received massive congratulations and lucrative prizes, with Safaricom being the latest.
Safaricom CEO Peter Ndengwa said the company is committed to supporting local talents. “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,” said Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO.