Former Africa Athletics 3000m steeplechase champion, Norah Jeruto smashed the championships record in the women 3000m steeplechase race at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
The Kazakhstan’s Kenyan-born destroyed the record when she ran the third fastest time in the world of 8:53.02 and giving her adopted country the first ever gold over the distance.
Jeruto who is also the former world Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion was followed by Ethiopia’s Werkuha Getachew who set as Ethiopia National Record of 8:54.61 with her compatriot Mekides Abebe closing the podium three finishes in 8:56.08.
The 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi came home in fourth place as she equalled her own finish from 2019 and is the best finish in the event for Bahrain.
The 2016 European silver medallist, Luiza Gega of Albania crossed the finish line in fifth place in an Albanian national record of 9:10.04, which is the best finish ever for her country in the women’s steeplechase, after her own finish of 9th in 2019. Gega’s fifth place is also the best finish for Albania in any event at the World Championships.