Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech broke the 5km World Steeplechase 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 3,000m steeplechase, battled windy conditions with assistance from her pacemaker Luuk Maas.
“I am so happy. Even though there was a lot of wind, I managed to run right on pace.
“In the end, my pacemaker told me ‘we can do it, let’s push it’. I am really happy with this world record,” Chepkoech said.
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the 10,000m world champion, won the men’s race in a time of 13 minutes and 14 seconds.
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