Beatrice Chepkoech

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Beatrice Chepkoech
Beatrice Chepkoech 2016.jpg
Chepkoech competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
NationalityKenya
Born (1991-07-06) July 6, 1991 (age 27)
Bomet, Kenya
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight54 kg (119 lb)[1]
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)3000 metres steeplechase, 1500 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 3000 m SC: 8:44.32 (2018) WR

Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik (born 6 July 1991) is a Kenyan distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She is the current world record holder in that event running 8:44.32 in 2018. With that time she became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45. She was also a bronze medallist over 1500 metres at the 2015 African Games.

Biography[edit]

Chepkoech began her career in road running, taking top three placings in 2014 at several low level races in Germany and the Netherlands.[2] She switched to track running in 2015 and set a 1500 m best of 4:03.28 minutes to win at the KBC Night of Athletics. This time placed her just outside the top twenty athlete for the season and she was the fifth fastest Kenyan.[3] A bronze medal in the event followed at the 2015 African Games.[4]

Chepkoech ended her 2015 season with a run in the 2000 metres steeplechase at the ISTAF Berlin and this prompted her to try the full 3000 m Olympic event. She made a successful transition and on the 2016 IAAF Diamond League circuit she ran 9:17.41 minutes for fourth at the Prefontaine Classic before taking second at the Stockholm Diamond League. She ranked fifth in the world upon entry to the 2016 Rio Olympics.[5]

She finished 2nd at the 1500m in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In July 2018, Chepkoech shaved eight seconds off the women's world record in the 3000 m steeplechase, winning IAAF Diamond League Monaco race in 8:44.32.[6] Highlights Video on YouTube.

Personal bests[edit]

All information from All-Athletics.[7]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 3rd 1500 m 4:19.16
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 3000 m s'chase 9:16.05
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 3000 m s'chase 9:10.45
2018 World Indoor Championship Birmingham, United Kingdom 7th 1500 m 4:13.59
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 2nd 1500 m 4:03.09
African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 1st 3000 m s'chase 8:59.88
IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:07.92
CR

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chepkoech[permanent dead link]. Rio2016. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  2. ^ Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  3. ^ Senior Outdoor Women's 1500 metres 2015. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  4. ^ Big-Time Women's Steeple Talent Set for Pre Classic. Diamond League (2016-05-24). Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  5. ^ Senior Outdoor Women's 3000 metres steeplechase 2016. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  6. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/monaco-diamond-league-chepkoech-world-record
  7. ^ Beatrice Chepkoech. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.

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