Beatrice Chepkoech was in a class of her own at the third Athletics Kenya (AK) track and field meet held at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday, January 27, 2024. She surprised most athletics fans when she took part in the 5000m race and comfortably won it with a time of 15:22.06s. Chepkoech led from the start and explained that her main challenge recently has been speed endurance. She stated that she is working on her speed to address this shortcoming. Chepkoech also revealed that she will take part in an indoor event next month in Italy, specifically in the 1500m race, to build on her speed.
Born in Bomet County, Chepkoech has her sights set on winning the elusive 3000m steeplechase Olympic Games gold medal in the 2024 edition, which will be held in Paris, France from July. In her pursuit of this goal, Chepkoech is expected to compete against Kenyan-born athletes Winfred Yavi Mutile and Norah Cheruto Tanui, as well as other top competitors. She aims to surpass the current world record of 8:44.32 that she set at the Monaco Diamond League six years ago.
In addition to Chepkoech, Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase team for the Paris Olympic Games is expected to include other talented runners such as Faith Cherotich and Jackline Chepkoech. These athletes will join Chepkoech in representing Kenya and vying for top honors in the prestigious event.