Young Athlete Beats World Record Holder in Kenya Olympic Trial

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Summary

– Faith Cherotich won women’s 3000m steeplechase at Olympic trials.

– She beat world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech.

– Cherotich, 19, mentored by Faith Kipyegon.

– Also world Under-20 champion.

Faith Cherotich, better known as ‘Small Faith’ by her peers, showed her pedigree in the last two laps to win the women’s 3000m steeplechase final in the Kenya Olympic trials on Saturday at Nyayo Stadium.

Cherotich, a Form Four student, timed 9:22.28 ahead of world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech who returned 9:22.76 with Jackline Chepkoech finishing third in 9:34.86. 

Mentored by world best

At 19,  Cherotich – the rising talent who has recently been mentored by the multiple world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon is already a senior world medallist in the 3000m steeplechase and reigning world Under-20 champion.

She is also the women’s World Athletics Rising Star awardee for 2023.

“I’m so happy to make the Olympics, this year will be a special year, I will be sitting for my KCSE examinations, so after the Olympics I will fully concentrate on my studies.”

Chepkoech who settled for second place promised good show in Paris. 

Faithful record

In 2018, Beatrice Chepkoech set the world record of 8:44.32 in the race in Monaco, thus becoming the first woman to break the 8:50 and 8:45 barriers in the event.

“The intention was to finish with 1-2, which I have gladly achieved. The next will be full preparations towards the Olympics and we hope for victory,” said Chepkoech. 

Other Performances

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Wanyonyi was granted a lifeline to race in today’s finals after falling at the homestretch in the semi-finals yesterday. 

Africa Games champion Aaron Cheminingwa and Kipngetich Ngeno are among those who made it to the final but Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir who has been battling injury misses out.

Kenyan Olympics Trials

Women’s 3000mSC Finals

  1. Faith Cherotich. 9:22.28
  2. Beatrice chepkoech 9:22.76
  3. Jackline Chepkoech. 9:34.86

MEN’S 800m semis Results

Heat1

Alex Ngeno.              1:46.94

Nicholas.  Kiplagat  1:47.04

Koitatoi Kidali.         1:47.19.

Heat 2

Laban Chepkwony.   1:46.21

Wycliffe Kinyamal.   1:46.70

Festus Lagat.            1:47.99

Heat 3

Aron Cheminingwa.    1:47.20Q

Kelvin Kibet.                 1:47.35

Noah Kibet.                  1:48.04

2024 Kenya Athletics Olympic Trials Day One: Notable Results

  • Lilian Odira took home the women’s 800m title with a time of 1:59.27.
  • Faith Cherotich captured the women’s 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:22.38.
  • Michael Nzuku won the men’s 110m hurdle final with a time of 14.49.
  • Reynold Cheruiyot won the men’s 1,500m final with a time of 3:35.63.
  • Rahab Wanjiru Ndirangu took home the women’s 400m hurdle title with a time of 1:01:00.
  • Monica Safania won her women’s 100m semi-final with a time of 12.23.
  • Esther Mbagari won her women’s 100m semi-final with a time of 11.71.
  • Mark Otieno Odhiambo won his men’s 100m semi-final with a time of 10.27.
  • Hesborn Ochieng won his men’s 100m semi-final with a time of 10.45.
  • Moses Wasike won his men’s 200m semi-final with a time of 21.40.
  • Wiseman Mukhobe won his men’s 200m semi-final with a time of 20.80.
  • Mike Mokamba won his men’s 200m semi-final with a time of 21.10.
  • Shida Leni won her women’s 400m semi-final with a time of 52.30.
  • Mercy Chebet won her women’s 400m semi-final with a time of 52.49.
  • Kevin Kiprotich Tonui won his men’s 400m semi-final with a time of 45.74.
  • Nicholas Kipkorir won his men’s 400m semi-final with a time of 45.74.
  • David Kapirante won his men’s 400m semi-final with a time of 45.58.

The top two finishers in each event, while also meeting the Olympic standard, will qualify for Paris with Athletics Kenya picking the third roster spot.*

As National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, athletes’ participation at the Paris Games depends on their NOC selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.

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