- The world-record holder of 3, 000m women steeplechase, Beatrice Chepkoech just broke the Kenyan indoor 3, 000m record last Tuesday night in an event that occurred in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Chepkoech completed the race at 4:02.09 to become the fastest in the world this season. She also managed to slice exactly 0.12 seconds from the national record she set in 2018 in Glasgow. The athlete also took more than 2 seconds from the record she set last year.
Axumawit Embaye of Ethiopia completed the race second at her best time of 4:02:96, therefore, granting her adequate points to maintain her lead in the Tour standings. From Uganda, Winnie Nanyondo finished third with her best time of 4:06:13 and set a national record for her country.
Fighting back from the third position in Karlsruhe, Chepkoech dominated the race and increased the sprinting power to break away from the pacesetter with almost four laps to the end of the race.
Embaye who is the winner in Karlsruhe is the only athlete who tried to give a chance to Chepkoech after she sprints at the 11th hour. However, the Kenyan queen was relentless and she could not allow her Ethiopian counterpart.
On the men’s side, Vincent Kibet also finished at the third position in the 1,500m with the best time of 3:39:49. The winner of the race was Filip Ingrebrigsten from Norway who completed the race at 3:36:32. Ismael Debjani from Belgium took the second position with the best time of 3:39:05.
In the 3, 000m, Bethwel Birgen of Kenya finished third. Birgen faced a rough battle with Selemon Barega from Ethiopia who made him drop to the third position at 7:36:21.
As Kenya prepare for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we hope to see a spectacular performance from our favorite athletes despite the fact that the design of game kits is below satisfactory.