Ruto congratulates Kipyegon, Wanyonyi and Omanyala for excelling at the Paris Diamond League
President William Ruto has congratulated double Olympic
1,500 metres champion Faith Kipyegon for smashing the women's 5,000 metres
world record on Friday with a blistering run of 14:05.20 at the Paris Diamond
Kipyegon's new world record came just a week after she obliterated the women's 1,500 metres world record with a 3:49.11 run at the Florence Diamond League.
Taking to Twitter moments after Kipyegon's feat, President Ruto hailed the Olympian as a tenacious athlete with a winning mentality.
"Tenacity, focus, hunger for excellence, and a winning mindset are the formula for greatness. Faith Kipyegon has done it again. Another World Record this time in the 5,000 metres. What an athlete! What an inspiration! What a champion! Congratulations, Kenya is immensely proud of you," said President Ruto.
The head of state likewise lauded Emmanuel Wanyonyi for winning gold in the 800 metres event. Wanyonyi finished the race with a time of 1:43:27, the fastest time in the world over the distance this year.
"A young man destined for greatness. Emmanuel Wanyonyi caps a wonderful night for Kenya with victory in the 800m with the fastest time in the world over that distance this year in Paris Diamond League. You deserve it. We celebrate you," said Ruto.
He similarly applauded Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala for clinching the silver medal during the 100m final. Omanyala came in second, with a time of 9.98 seconds, after world 200 metres champion Noah Lyles who clocked 9.97 seconds.
"Congratulations to the fastest man in Africa, Ferdinand Omanyala, for a remarkable run, grabbing silver in the 100 metres at the Paris Diamond League. We celebrate your resilience and for taking Kenya to prominence and excellence in the sprint races; unchartered territory for decades. Hongera," said President Ruto.
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