Kenya’s Winny Chebet made a historic debut at the ongoing World Indoor Championships in Birmingham when she crossed the line with a personal best of 4:05.81.
The 27 year old finished second in heat three that was won by the 2016 Indoor Champion Dutch national Sifan Hassan who cut the tape in season best of 4:08.46.
The former African junior champion will face an uphill task as she will battle for honors with the inform Genzebe Dibaba who 24 hours ago won gold in 3000m final.
While speaking to the press Chebet said, ” I thank God because i ran my PB during my debut. Am going to face Dibaba, Sifan and Muir but i will do my best to beat them God willing”.
Another Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech will also be the star to watch as she took control of her heat to lead from the start to finish cutting the tape in 4:09.31.
Chepkoech who competes in 3000m steeplechase is best remembered from the last year’s world championships when she took a wrong turn making her finish in fourth position in a race that she was poised to win.
The two Kenyans will also battle with Hassan who took silver and the British champion Laura Muir who won a first medal (bronze) for his nation in the same race.
There are two notable big names that failed to make it to the final. The 2016 silver medalist Dawit Seyaum from Ethiopia who crossed the line 4:10.20 and former European 5000m champion Meraf Bata who tripped with two laps to go that forced her to finish a distant eight in 4:22.40.Both miss out on non-automatic qualifying slots.
The 1500m finals will be held on today (Saturday 3).