World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will be the star to watch as she faces four fastest runners over the distance at the Pre Classic Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (27) in Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The 30-year-old who holds the world’s fastest time of 8:44.32 that she set three years ago, will lead a star studded field that include Tokyo 3000m women steeplechase champion Peruth Chemutai from Uganda, the 2017 World champion, Emma Coburn from the United States, Courtney Frerichs, the Olympic silver medalist.
Chepkoech who is fresh from claiming the Kenyan women title last month with a time of 9:28.34 will be making her first international outing this season.
Chemutai made her first appearance this season at the Kip Keino Classic where she took bronze medal after finishing behind the Kenyan-Kazakhstan runner, Norah Jeruto who took the honors.
Coburn will be taking part in her first steeple since the Olympic final, where she fell over a barrier while out of contention on the final lap, crossed the finish line 14th and was later disqualified for stepping off the track amid the stumble.
Frerichs who is also the 2017 World silver medallist, lowered her American record at Pre last year when she crossed the line in a life time best of 8:57.77.