Best world record – 8:44.32 Beatrice Chep­koech (KEN), Monaco 2018

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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

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