Chespol loses shoe, then roars to second best steeplechase

[PHOTO: COURTESY]

Kenyan teenager Celliphine Chespol, after temporarily losing a shoe on the penultimate lap, recovered to run the second fastest women's 3,000 metres steeplechase ever at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Friday.

The 18-year-old needed to stop and reattach the shoe with about 550 metres to go, then roared to victory in eight minutes, 58.78 seconds.

Only Bahrain's Ruth Jebet, whose world record is 8:52.78, has run faster.

"It was difficult but I try my best," Chespol said. "I'm happy of course."

The world youth and under-20 champion improved her personal best by almost six seconds. She had run 9:05.70 three weeks ago in Doha.

Compatriot Beatrice Chepkoech claimed second in 9:00.70 with Jebet a trailing third almost three seconds adrift of Chepkoech.

Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba ran away with the women's 5,000 metres but was well off her sister Tirunesh's world record, which she had hoped to break.

Dibaba, running solo for nearly half the race, finished in 14:25.22, far behind Tirunesh's 2008 record of 14:11.15.

"I'm happy that I won but I'm not happy about the time," Dibaba said through an interpreter. "The pace was real slow and I'm not happy with how we started.

"We lost time in the first 3,000 metres and it was hard to come back after that."

Kenyan Lilian Rengeruk took second in 14:36.80 with Dutch Sifan Hassan third in 14:41.24.

Rio Olympic silver medallist Brittney Reese delivered the first seven-metre leap of the outdoor season to win the long jump.

Reese, the London Olympic champion, hit 7.01 metres on her second attempt to outduel fellow American and Rio winner Tianna Bartoletta, who leaped 6.83 metres.

"I was really pleased," Reese said. "The goal was to come out and jump seven meters. I feel like I’m headed in the right direction."

The meeting continues on Saturday with British double Olympic champion Mo Farah running the last track race of his career in the United States when he faces a high-quality field in the 5,000 metres.

Farah, who trains in nearby Portland, will concentrate on the marathon after August's world championships in London.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Rugby: Barbarians show class as they lay down marker in first day of competition

Kenyans hoping to retain East Africa school games rugby title.

Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen reveals she is pregnant with their fourth child

Everton have offered their congratulations to Wayne and Coleen Rooney after they announced that they were expecting their fourth child.

Arsenal 'to raid Real Madrid' for young star

Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid starlet Marcos Llorente but will face a fight with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.

Atletico agree Costa deal?

Just yesterday he claimed Chelsea had priced him out of a move.

Frustrated Wenger slams sluggish Arsenal's "cheap" defeat

Arsene Wenger blasted Arsenal's defenders for their sloppy display as Stoke stunned the Gunners with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

More Stories
Are Kenyans losing battle in long distance running?

Athletics Local athletes find it hard to reclaim men 5,000m and 10,000m titles at global championships

Kirui, Kiplagat set for Chicago Marathon

Athletics Stars to clash in chase for World Marathon Majors pay cheque

IOC orders NOCK to complete elections

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya have been directed to conduct its long-due elections before the end of next month.

Danger looms as other countries battle to dislodge Kenyans from ‘traditional’ races

Kenya is no doubt the world’s athletics superpower. But the six-decade dominance is under threat in major championships.

Kenya to bid for 2023 world championships

Kenya is to launch a bid to host the athletics world championships in 2023 after successfully staging two other international competitions in the last 10 years.

Kenya’s athletics team back from London

Kenya managed to clinch five gold, two silver and four bronze medals in the tournament.

2017 IAAF World Championships: Kenya finishes second in the world

South Africa finished third with six medals

Kenya's Manangoi wins world 1500m gold

Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi upstaged favoured teammate Asbel Kiprop to win gold in the men's 1500m at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

Mo Farah announces change of name after bowing out at World Championships

Sir Mo Farah has reacted to losing his final track championship race by changing his name.