Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech smashed the world record in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League meeting that was held in Monaco, Italy.
The 27 year-old, broke the previous record of 8:52.78 that was set in 2016 by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet after breaking clear 2,000 metres lead to go ahead in an astonishing speed to cut the tape in new world record of 8:44.32.
“I am so grateful,” Chepkoech told reporters. “I said from the beginning, from the first lap, and I was watching the time, and I knew I was going to break the world record.”
Jebet was named today by the Athletics Integrity Unit among more than 100 athletes and coaches facing disciplinary proceedings for doping offences.
It also bettered the 8:58.78 set in Eugene last year by Chepkoech’s 19-year-old compatriot Celliphine Chespol, who was on her shoulder halfway through this race but, after a heavy fall, slipped back to a tenth place finish in 9:12.05.
United State’s Courtney Frerichs, surprise world silver medallist last year behind compatriot Emma Coburn, made the most of the fabulous pace by pushing to the line for second place in an area record of 9:00.85, with 2015 world champion Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya crossing the line third in 9:04.41.