Best world record – 8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN), Monaco 2018
In 2017, Beatrice Chepkoech was ranked world No.1 by Athletics International despite a fourth place in the World Championships not helped by forgetting to approach the first water jump and having to run extra distance.
The Kenyan did enough in 2018 to ensure she would now be remembered for better reasons when she set a stunning world record in Monaco.
Owner of an 8:59.36 PB, she was towed through the first kilometre in an exciting 2:55.23. This was way inside world record pace, but the Kenyan sped up even more and passed 2000m in 5:49.81. As long as she held strong, a record looked assured and she still had plenty left as she ran a 66 last lap and the final kilometre of 2;54.51 was even faster than the previous two.
Her 8:44.32 took an extravagant eight seconds off Ruth Jebet’s previous mark of 8:52.78. She won the race by an astonishing 16 seconds and runnerup
Courtney Frerichs still broke world champion Emma Coburn’s US record.
Result: 1 Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN) 8:44.32; 2 Courtney Frerichs (USA) 9:00.65; 3 Hyvin Jepkemoi (KEN) 9:04.41; 4 Emma Coburn (USA) 9:05.06; 5 Norah Tanui (KEN) 9;07.20; 6 Peruth Chemutai (UGA) 9:07.94; 7 Roseline Chepngetich (KEN) 9:08.23; 8 Daisy Jepkemoi (KEN) 9:10.71; 9 Winfred Yavi (BRN) 9:10.74; 10 Celliphine Chespol (KEN) 9:12.05
Beatrice Chepkoech: 8:44.32 world record in 2018