Olympic trials: Kiyeng edges Chepkoech to win 3,000m


Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya celebrates winning the Women's 3 000m Steeplechase competition during the IAAF Diamond ...
Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya celebrates winning the Women's 3 000m Steeplechase competition during the IAAF Diamond League 2018 Bislett Games on June 7, 2018 at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway. / AFP PHOTO / NTB Scanpix / Vidar RUUD / Norway OUT

In Summary

  • Kiyeng clocked 9:24.5 to beat Chepkoech who timed 9:25.0 as the duo sealed the two automatic tickets in team Kenya.
  • Chepkoech, the World record holder said she is happy to get another chance to compete at the Olympics after placing fourth at the Rio Games five years ago.

The 2015 World 3000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng edged the world record holder over the distance Beatrice Chepkoech to win the women’s at the Olympic trials.

As it was expected from the onset, the race shaped to a two-horse race as Kiyeng and Chepkoech easily booked their tickets to Tokyo Games.

Kiyeng clocked 9:24.5 to beat Chepkoech who timed 9:25.0 as the duo sealed the two automatic tickets in team Kenya.

Impressive Purity Kirui was third in 9:25.6 in the exciting race.

“My target was to secure qualification for Tokyo Games. I won silver in the last edition and with this ticket I will try and do something special,” said Kiyeng.

Chepkoech, the World record holder said she is happy to get another chance to compete at the Olympics after placing fourth at the Rio Games five years ago.

“It was my first time competing at that level. I feel I am more prepared now to return to the Olympic stage. Being the only medal missing in my cabinet, I am going to work for it and hopefully I will get it,” said Chepkoech.

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: KEMRI scientists examine safety of anti-malarial drugs in first trimester of pregnancy

Avatar
Story By Gilbert Kiprotich
More by this author