Chepkoech smashes Jebet’s World Record in Monaco
Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech produced a sizzling race on Friday evening to set a new world record at the IAAF Diamond League.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Beatrice Chepkoech produced a sizzling race on Friday evening at the Monaco leg of the IAAF Diamond League to smash the 3000m steeplechase World record after clocking 8:44.32.
Chepkoech established daylight between her and the rest of the pack, putting up a gap of almost 90m on her way to clinching her third victory of the Diamond League circuit and biggest of all, setting a new World Record.
The Kenyan won by more than 16 seconds, having gone through the 2000-metre point in 5:49.81, following an opening kilometre of 2:55.23.
Chepkoech, who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games and at the 2017 World Championships, held the previous world-leading mark with her 8:59.36 clocking at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris.
She smashed Ruth Jebet’s record of eight minutes, 52.78 seconds set in Paris two years ago.
World silver medallist Courtney Frerichs finished second in a North American record of 9:00.85 while World Champion Hyvin Kiyeng was third in 9:04.41.
Chepkoech sprung off from the rest of the pack after just three laps and from then on it was her against the clock. Heading to the bell, she was comfortably within World record pace as she needed to only run below 70 seconds in the final lap to make history.