Chepkoech breaks world 5km record in Monaco
Beatrice Chepkoech broke the world 5km record at the Monaco Run
Chepkoech battled strong winds during the early stages of the race along the Monaco coastline but fought on over the latter stages to claim a second world record, this one joining her 8:44.32 record in the 3000m steeplechase set in 2018, also in Monaco.
"I'm so happy because I didn't expect it," said Chepkoech, the 2019 world champion in the steeplechase. "It was cold and there was a lot of wind, but I tried to follow my pacemaker and everything was perfect."
As she approached the tunnel portion of the course a second time, Chepkoech said that the winds had died down so she decided to push the pace. "My pacemaker told me ‘we can do it, let’s push it’. So I did it."
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda, who set the men's world record of 12:51 at this race last year, successfully defended his title, clocking 13:14.