Oklahoma State University student Winny Chepngetich has lept to a school and national record in triple jump.
Competing at the 2024 Boston College Eagle Elite invitational meet in the USA, she registered a jump of 13.72m breaking her previous mark of 13.49m she recorded last month during the Arkansas Invitational at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, USA.
In her first attempt, she managed to jump 13.45m, then 13.42m in her second attempt. Her third jump saw her record 13.54m before she ended her day with the new national record of 13.72m.
In 2022, she became the first Kenyan to qualify for the long jump at the Under 20 Championship in Cali, Colombia.
The Business and Sports management student then became the first Kenyan woman to qualify in field events for any World Athletics Championships through competitive means.
With her trajectory in the discipline, the 20-year-old is hoping to do enough before the qualification window closes to book a slot to the Paris Olympics.
She, however, has her work cut out as the mark to make it for the 2024 Olympics has been set at 14.55 m for triple jump and 6.86 m for long jump.
"Self-discipline, training hard and focus has led to good results and I'm so glad to have broken my record once again. This has really motivated me to go for more and I know with time the best will come," she told Daily Nation.
"I give credit to my coach for my performance because she has really helped me to get better. My classes have been going on well and balancing between classes and training has shaped me to become a better person."