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December 10, 2018

Eyes on Chepkoech: World 3,000m SC record holder takes on Cherono, Chespiol in Brussels

World 3,000m steeplechase world record Beatrice Chepkoech
World 3,000m steeplechase world record Beatrice Chepkoech

World 3,000m steeplechase world record Beatrice Chepkoech is set to compete in the Brussels Diamond League on Friday.

Chepkoech will have Africa silver medallist Fancy Cherono, bronze medallist country champion Celliphine Chespol, former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.

Competition is expected to come from World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.

Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.

Elsewhere, Kenya’s Titus Ekiru set won the Mexico City International Marathon in a new course record of 2:10:38 on Sunday.

Ekiru smashed the previous course record of 2:11:12 and secured the second marathon victory of his career. Edwin Koech came home second in 2:12:35 with Matthew Kisorio completing a Kenyan clean sweep.

In his fourth marathon since making his debut at the distance in 2016, Ekiru pocketed about Sh2.7 million for his effort. He became the third Kenyan in six years to win the race.

“I enjoyed the course. The altitude of Mexico City (2,240m) is similar to Kenya so it did not affect me much,” said Ekiru, who has a PB of 2:07:43. “I am very happy to set a record and I realised at 20km that I could really break a new record.”

Pamela Biwott was the highest placed Kenyan in the women’s category when she came home fifth in 2:41.09. 

Ethiopia made a clean sweep of the top four medium positions with Etaferahu Temesgen topping the event in 2:40:10 to take her first ever win over  the distance in her eighth marathon.

The 26-year old, who boasts of  a 2:29:24 life-time best set in Ottawa in 2015, led Jimma (2:40:24), Tinbit Weldegebriel (2:40:27) and Biruktayit Degefa (2:40:45) home to cement Ethiopia’s dominance in the race.

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