(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech
grabbed the spotlight at Stade Louis II as she shattered women’s
3000m steeplechase world record at the IAAF Diamond League
meeting in Monaco on Friday.
27-year-old Chepkoech, who
had never tasted a medal at previous major tournaments before,
clocked a stunning 8 minutes 44.32 seconds, bettering previous
record set by Ruth Jebet of Bahrain by over eight seconds. Jebet
posted 8:52.78 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris in
"I wanted to break the world record.
"That was the plan from the beginning of the season.
"I was aware the biggest chance would be at Monaco due to
weather, crowds and the whole environment.
"And this plan worked well," said Chepkoech, who is the first
Kenyan woman to hold the 3000m steeplechase world record.
"I felt strong during the race.
"I was thinking maybe I can break 8:50 but not at all was I
dreaming about 8:44.
"I’m sure this time still could be improved.
"Maybe my next target could be to run under 8:40," she added.
China’s high jumper Wang Yu finished runner-up at 2.30m,
before failing on his three attempts at 2.33m.
World silver medallist Danil Lysenko, an Authorized Neutral
Athlete (ANA), already won the event with a first-time clearance
He also made it at 2.40m, tying the world lead set by world
champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.
Olympic and world women’s 800m champion Caster Semenya
prevailed in 1:54.60, while being seemingly on track to
challenging the world record of 1:53.28 set 35 years ago.
"It was just fantastic, only the last 100 meters were a
little off for me," said Semenya.
"I was not thinking about the world record today and actually
it is not on my mind."
American rising sprinter Noah Lyles kept his unbeaten record
at this year’s Diamond League intact after triumphing in men’s
200m with a world-leading time of 19.65 seconds.
"It gives me confidence in what I can do next.
"Now I’m going to the Birmingham Diamond League, and finally
Zurich to hopefully get a win," said Lyles, who is set to take
one place in world’s sprint in "post-Bolt" era.
Also on Friday, ANA Anzhelika Sidorova equalled her personal
best of 4.85m to win the women’s pole vault.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo took away the women’s 400m victory with a
world lead of 48.97 seconds. The women’s 100m title went to
Marie-Jose Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire, who clocked 10.89 seconds.
For men’s events, double Olympic and triple world champion
Christian Taylor of the United States was crowned in triple jump
Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot set this year’s fastest time of
3:28.41 to win the 1500m event.
ANA Sergey Shubenkov tasted 110m hurdles victory with 13.07
seconds, while 3000m steeplechase champion went to Morocco’s
Soufiane El Bakkali at 7:58.15.
China’s Gong Lijiao claimed the title in women’s shot put of
the meeting on Thursday, while the men’s title went to Olympic
champion Ryan Crouser of the United States.
Kenya runners target world
record time at Monaco Diamond League meeting
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi
hopes to strike two birds with one stone as he leads a group of
Kenyan stars in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
The Commonwealth Games champion has his eyes on a world
record in the four lap race and he hopes to put an end to
compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot’s flawless cruise in the Diamond
The two are part of over 20 elite runners from Kenya who
departed for Monaco on Tuesday.
Manangoi says he is focused on taking a shot at the 20-year
record (03:26), which Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj set in 1998.
Manangoi boasts the ninth fastest time in 1,500m history with
a 3:28.80 set in Monaco in 2016.
"Eyes on world record," said Manangoi on Tuesday in Nairobi.
"All training has gone well and hopefully a fast time will
fall in place for me."
Manangoi and Cheruiyot traveled together, but there will be
no love lost when they meet on the track in Monaco.
"I am traveling today and can’t wait to be back in Monaco for
the Diamond League.
"(A) fast time is on my mind to (put the) gloss on another
strong performance," said Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot’s latest run was
in Paris last week where he clocked a world leading time of
Other athletes from Kenya include Charles Simotwo, Jackson
Kivuva and Ferguson Rotich. In the 3,000m steeplechase, the
world’s best athletes will stand shoulder to shoulder for a
really fast race.
World champion Emma Coburn of the USA will come under
scrutiny as she faces Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya, in-form world
junior record holder Celliphine Chespol and Oslo’s Diamond
League winner Hyvin Kiyeng.
The Kenyans are keen to break the nine minute barrier.
"I want to run close to the world record and if I can finish
under nine minutes then it will be good for me," said Kiyeng.
There will also be strong Kenyan presence in the 800m with
South Africa’s Caster Semenya out to improve her personal best
and Diamond League record of 1:54.25 set in Paris, which is just
one second shy of the world record.
The Monaco meeting will be the penultimate stop for Kenyan
athletes ahead of the continental championships on Aug 1-5 in