Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech sets new steeplechase world record
MONACO – Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech set a new 3000m steeplechase world record at Friday's Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Chepkoech, 27, ran 8min 44.32sec to shatter the previous best set in 2016 by Kenyan-born Bahraini Ruth Jebet, whose name headlined an Athletics Integrity Unit report released earlier Friday into alleged doping.
Olympic champion Jebet had run 8:52.78 before Chepkoech, aided by a couple of pacemakers, shot around more than six seconds faster at the Stade Louis II track in perfect racing conditions.
Chepkoech's remarkable effort also smashed her own previous personal best by more than 15 seconds.