Chepkoech wins steeplechase Diamond Trophy in Zurich

Beatrice Chepkoech perfectly warmed up for next month’s IAAF World Championships in Doha by clinching the Diamond Trophy in Zurich.

The World Record holder blistered to victory in the 3,000m steeplechase to become one of the 16 Diamond Trophy winners in the penultimate race of the IAAF Diamond League season. Courtesy of the win she earned a whooping Sh5mn in prize money.

“I feel so grateful about this victory. I am happy about this race. Today was not about time, it was about winning. We are still aiming for the World Championships,” Chepkoech said after the race.

Chepkoech led a Kenyan top four sweep in the race with former World Champion Hyvin Kiyeng coming in second, Norah Jeruto third while Daisy Jepkemei finished in fourth.

The Kenyan steeple queen commanded the race from start to finish, maintaining a gap of almost 30m between her and her closest challengers.

Kiyeng who had stuck on the tail of the chasing pack of Jeruto and reigning world champion Emma Coburn decided to chase after Chepkoech with 1,000m to go, but she could not catch up with her blistering pace.

Chepkoech pushed further to widen the gap at the ball and she went on to cross the line in 9:01.71. Kiyeng finished second in a season’s best time of 9:03.83 while 2017 World Under-18 champion Jeruto came in third in a time of 9:03.71. Jepkemei finished fourth in a personal best time of 9:06.66.

Other Kenyans on the night weren’t as lucky with Emmanuel Kipkorir finishing fourth in the men’s 800m as compatriots Wycliffe Kinyamal and Ferguson Rotich finished in the last two positions.

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