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My gold medalist daughter Faith Kipyegon never crawled – father

The father of Women’s 1,500 gold medalist Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon has revealed that his daughter was extraordinary since her childhood.

Mzee Kipyegon, who spoke to NTV, said his daughter, unlike other children, skipped the crawling stage.

Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 1500m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO
Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women’s 1500m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO

He narrated how she learnt how to sit and just woke up one day and started walking without crawling or supporting herself on furniture as most babies do .

The Kipyegon family gathered at their home to celebrate their daughter’s win win that saw her crush Ethiopian world champion and record holder Genzebe Dibaba.

PHOTO | AFP
PHOTO | AFP

Ms Kipyegon sprinted through the last 300 metres to upstage Dibaba who was ahead as they reached the last lap.

Going into the race, Kipyegon carried the weight of an expectant nation after her teammate, reigning Commonwealth champion teammate Violah Lagat, failed to get past the semifinal stage.