Chepkoech sets new world 5km record at the Monaco Run

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The World steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech clocked 14:43 to set a new World record in the 5km at the Herculis Monaco Run on Sunday (14).

The 29-year-old Kenyan improved the previous record in a mixed-race (men and women) by five seconds. She also ran one second faster than Sifan Hassan's 14:44 world record for a women's-only 5km race.

"I'm so happy because I didn't expect it," said Chepkoech."

"It was cold and there was a lot of wind, but I tried to follow my pacemaker and everything was perfect," she added.

World 10000m champion Joshua Cheptegei led from the gun to win the race in 13:13. At the same meeting last year the 24-year-old Ugandan set the men's world 5km record with 12:51.

The wind was incredibly difficult," said Cheptegei.

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