News18 Mar 2023

Kipyegon targets early season test in Doha


Faith Kipyegon in action at the Diamond League meeting in Doha (© AFP / Getty Images)

Kenya’s two-time world and Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will return to the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha on 5 May looking to kickstart her season.

The 29-year-old ran the second-fastest women’s 1500m of all time in Monaco last year, clocking 3:50.37 for a performance just three tenths of a second off Genzebe Dibaba’s world record.

That came a few weeks after Kipyegon won her second world gold in Oregon and she went on to complete a hattrick of Diamond League title wins in Zurich in September.

“I'm delighted to come back again to the Doha Diamond League,” said Kipyegon, who started her 2022 season with a 3000m runner-up finish in Qatar's capital city.

“After a winter of focusing on endurance and strength, it's a great chance for me to start real racing in Doha and to see where I am at in my build up towards the World Champs later on in the season.”

Kipyegon will have the chance to defend her title at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 in August.

The 2023 Wanda Diamond League calendar includes a total of 15 meetings, starting with the event in Doha and concluding with the two-day final in Eugene on 16-17 September.

Full 2023 Diamond League calendar