Kenya's Chepkoech breaks 5km world record in Monaco | Inquirer Sports

Kenya’s Chepkoech breaks 5km world record in Monaco

/ 06:39 PM February 14, 2021
Beatrice Chepkoech

FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Women’s 3000 Meters Steeplechase Final – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – September 30, 2019 Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech celebrates winning gold REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech broke the 5 kilometers world record on Sunday, finishing in a time of 14 minutes 43 seconds round the streets of Monaco to clip one second off the old mark.

The 29-year-old Chepkoech, who also holds the world record in the 3,000 meters steeplechase, battled windy conditions with assistance from her pacemaker Luuk Maas.

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“I’m so happy. Even though there was a lot of wind, I managed to run right on pace,” Chepkoech said.

“In the end, my pacemaker told me ‘we can do it, let’s push it’. I’m really happy with this world record.”

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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the 10,000 meters world champion, won the men’s race in a time of 13 minutes and 14 seconds.

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