Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech smashes women's 3000 metres steeplechase record by eight seconds in Monaco
Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya recorded a time of 8 minutes and 44 seconds in Monaco during the 3000 metre steeplechase, breaking the 8 minute 52 seconds record set by Ruth Jebet in 2016.
Monte Carlo: Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech smashed the world record in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase with a time of eight minutes 44.32 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.
Chepkoech, 27, broke the previous record mark of 8 minutes 52.78 set by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet in 2016 and, after breaking clear 2,000 metres into the race, she finished 16 seconds clear of her nearest rival.
“I am so grateful,” Chepkoech told reporters. “I said from the beginning, from the first lap, and I was watching the time, and I knew I was going to break the world record.”
American world silver medallist Courtney Frerichs took second in a North American record of 9:00.85.
“That race was incredible,” Frerichs said. “Eight seconds under the world record. It’s such a huge step for the event.”
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The runner up, Panagiotis Bourikas, was more than five minutes behind, in 2:22:33, followed by Haralambos Pitsolis in 2:24:05.
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