• Jebet destroys women's 3000m steeple world record
Posted by: Watch Athletics
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Kenyan born Bahreini runner Ruth Jebet run a fenomenal 8:52.78 in the women's steeplechase at the Diamond League meet in Paris to demolish previous world record of 8:58.81 set by Russia's Gulnara Galkina.
The pacemakers led Jebet and Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya through the 1st kilometer in 2:56.36. Shortly after the Rio Olympic champion took the lead crossing the 2km marker in 5:54.16. At that point no one was near Jebet as she was about 25m ahead of Olympic silver medalist Kiyeng. It was obvious from there that the world record was in serious danger as her time was more than 4 seconds inside the record pace.
As the 19-year-old Jebet entered the home-stretch she powered home to cross the line in an astonishing time of 8:52.78 to break the 8-year-old world record.
Kiyeng finished in second place in 9:01.96, while USA's Emma Coburn, the Rio Olympics bronze medalist claimed third place in 9:10.19.
|2||Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi||KEN||9:01.96|
|7||Virginia Nyambura Nganga||KEN||9:18.95|
|11||Purity Cherotich Kirui||KEN||9:30.62|
|12||Madeline Heiner Hills||AUS||9:36.23|
|Caroline Chepkurui Tuigong||KEN||DNF|