Tokyo 3000m women steeplechase champion Peruth Chemutai defeated the Two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol in the women 3000m steeplechase race at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
Chemutai who wrote history as Uganda’s first woman to win an Olympic gold in the 3,000m steeplechase got a sweet revenge over Chespol who had beaten her at last month’s KipKeino Classic where she finished in third place.
The 22 year-old has not won any water and barrier race since the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games last August and this win is a great boost to her as she heads to the world championships in Oregon.
Chemutai who looked more composed in the cold and windy weather conditions took her first title in ten months in a time of 9:14.00.
Chemutai who moved her base from Uganda to United States was followed by the 2016 European silver medallist, Luiza Gega who crossed the line in second place in an Albanian National Record and personal best of 9:15.48.
Chespol who is also the African silver medallist over the distance closed the first three podium finishes in 9:15.89.
World U18 record holder, Sembo Alemayehu from Ethiopia and Lea Meyer from Germany finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 9:15.89(pb) and 9:26.89 (pb) respectively.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui and the African Youth Games 2000m steeplechase champion, Rosefline Chepngetich finished in seventh and eighth place in seasons best of 9:35.00 and 9:35.30 respectively.
3000M WOEMN STEEPLECHASE
- Peruth Chemutai (UGA) 9:14.00
- Luiza Gega (ALB) 9:15.48 NR&PB
- Celliphine Chespol (KEN) 9:15.89
- Sembo Alemayehu (ETH) 9:18.98 PB
- Lea Meyer (GER) 9:26.89 PB