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Jackline Chepkoech destroys the 3000m steeplechase field in Brussels

Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion, Jackline Chepkoech ran the second fastest time in the World U20 list as she destroyed a strong elite list at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 18 year-old beat a strong field that included the world 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, the world silver medallist, Werkuha Getachew and the 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi from Bahrain and the reigning World U20m champion Faith Cherotich.

Chepkoech took charge of the race with the 200m remaining as she surged ahead to cross the line and winning her first high level race in a new personal best of 9:02.43.

Chepkoech was followed by former Kenyan now trading for Bahrain Yavi who crossed the line in 9:03.44 with Getachew from Ethiopia sealing the podium three finishes in 9:08.03.

Cherotich and Zerfe Wondemagegn from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 9:09.63 and 9:10.16 respectively.



  1. Jackline Chepkoech     (KEN) 9:02.43
  2. Winfred Mutile Yavi    (BAH) 9:03.44
  3. Werkuha Getachew      (ETH) 9:08.03
  4. Faith Cherotich            (KEN) 9:09.63
  5. Zerfe Wondemagegn   (ETH) 9:10.16

Norah Jeruto destroys the 3000m steeplechase championships record

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.

Over ten former Kenyans return to haunt Kenyan athletes in Oregon

Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.

The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.

With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.

According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.

They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.

Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.

Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.

In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.

Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.

Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.

Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.

The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.

In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.

Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.

Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).

Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.


Winfred Yavi runs the World leading time in 3000m steeplechase in Paris

The 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi blew the women 3000m steeplechase race with a world leading at the Paris Diamond League Meeting held on Saturday (18) in Paris, France.

The 22 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time in world this year of 8:58.71 that she got at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, where she finished in second, lowered it further as she run for the second time sub nine to cross the line in a new personal best of 8:56.55.

Yavi who is a Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete was followed by 17-year-old Sembo Alemayehu from Ethiopia in new personal best of 9:09.98 which is also the New World U18 record hold.

The 2018 Youth Olympic silver medallist, Mekides Abebe also from Ethiopia who came with the second fastest time on paper of 9:03.26 that she got in Eugene closed the podium three finishes in \9:11.09.

Winfred Yavi to fight for top honors in Paris

The 2018 Asian Games champion, Winfred Mutile Yavi will highlight the women 3,000m steeplechase race at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Saturday (18) in Paris, France.

The 22 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time in world this year of 8:58.71 that she got at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, where she finished in second.

Yavi who is a Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete will renew her rivalry against the 2018 Youth Olympic silver medallist, Mekides Abebe, who finished third in Eugene with a time of 9:03.26.

World U20 silver medallist, Zeerfe Wondemagegn and 17-year-old Sembo Alemayehu, who improved the World U18 records to 9:18.98 in Hengelo this year and European Indoor 3000m silver medallist Alice Finot from France have also been roped in to fight for the top honors.

Norah Jeruto to battle Peruth Chemutai in Zurich

Former Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion Norah Jeruto will be leading a star-studded field at the Zurich Diamond League at the Letzigrund stadium on Thursday.

Following her good show at the Eugene Diamond League, the former World Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion will be taking on her Ugandan neighbor and Peruth Chemutai, the Tokyo Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion.

The Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Jeruto who failed to shine at the Olympic Games will be up against Chemutai who won gold in 9:01.45 which is a national record.

The former Commonwealth Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion will also be up against Tokyo silver medalist Courtney Frerichs from the United States who comes to this race with a season best of 8:57.65 that moved her to No. 4 on the all-time list and lowering her own North American and U.S. record of 9:00.85 from Monaco in 2018.

But the battle will with her compatriot and former World 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng, who enters this race after winning bronze at the Tokyo in the water and barriers race after narrowly missing dipping under that barrier in Eugene, where she finished third with a season best of 9:00.05 will also be on the line to fight for glory.

Kiyeng the 2015 world champion and a silver medalist in Rio five years ago, will be hoping for gold this time as she faces the best of the best over this distance in Zurich.

Kenyan born-Bahrain runner Winfred Mutile Yavi will be also the star to watch as she carries a season best of 9:02.52. The Asian Champion in both both 5000m and 3000m steeplechase will be out to claim a podium finish as she yearns to end the season on high note.

The World U20 Champion Celliphine Chepteek Chespol has also been included in the field though she has been having a nagging knee injury that has kept her out of the race for almost the whole season.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 World Junior Champion Purity Kirui and Fancy Cherono are other Kenayans that have been lined up for the race. Kirui and Cherono both comes to this race with season best of 9:16.91 and 9:27.30 respectively.

Ethiopia will be represented by the 2019 African Games gold medallist Mekides Abebe who carries on her shoulder a season best of 9:02.52.

The 2019 World bronze 3000m steeplechase Champion Gesa Felicitas Krause from German will also be fighting for the podium as she comes with a season best of 9:07.61.



  1. Norah Jeruto                     (KEN) 8:53.65
  2. Courtney Frerichs            (USA) 8:57.65
  3. Hyvin Kiyeng                    (KEN) 9:00.05
  4. Peruth Chemutai             (KEN) 9:01.45
  5. Mekides ABebe                (ETH) 9:02.52
  6. Winfred Yavi                     (BAH) 9:02.64
  7. Celliphine Chespol          (KEN) 9:07.07
  8. Gesa Krause                      (GER) 9:07.61
  9. Purity Kirui                       (KEN)  9:16.91
  10. Rosefline Chepngetich   (KEN) 9:22.30
  11. Fancy Cherono                 (KEN) 9:27.30

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase – IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018

In an event as unpredictable as the 3000m steeplechase, it may be unwise to assume anything ahead of time, but we can say this ahead of Friday evening’s final: Celliphine Chepteek Chespol looks almost unbeatable.

The Kenyan 19-year-old brings the ability of a world-beating senior to the ranks of U20 competition and, with a personal best of 8:58.78, the second fastest in history, she should take gold with ease if producing anything near her best.

Chespol first made her mark internationally by taking gold at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Cali three years ago and since then her star has only ascended, winning the world U20 title two years ago in Bydgoszcz before clocking her first sub-nine-minute time last year in Eugene.

In recent days she proved she is close to her brilliant best by finishing second at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris in 9:01.82, a time that will leave her rivals thinking gold may be out of the equation.

Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi will be hoping for an upset, however. She finished eighth at the IAAF World Championships in London last year – just two places behind Chespol – and in Paris recently she finished a fine fifth in an Asian U20 record of 9:12.74.

Uganda used to once dominate the women’s steeplechase through Dorcus Inzikuru, who took the inaugural world title in the event in Helsinki in 2005, and they may have unearthed a new star in Peruth Chemutai. The 18-year-old had a breakthrough performance in Ostrava last month where she clocked a big PB of 9:16.89, enough to give Yavi and Chespol plenty to think about ahead of their clash.

Kenya’s Mercy Chepkurui is the only other U20 athlete below 9:30 this year, and will be hoping to continue her nation’s tradition by getting among the medals. The non-African challenge will be led by USA’s Kristlin Gear, who has run 9:52.71 this season, while Canada’s Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Germany’s Lisa Vogelgesang and Netherlands’ Jasmijn Bakker have all threatened the 10-minute barrier this season so should make the final.