19 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Women’s 3000m preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Senbere Teferi after winning the 2013 Ethiopian 5000m title (Bizuayehu Wagaw)Senbere Teferi after winning the 2013 Ethiopian 5000m title (Bizuayehu Wagaw) © Copyright

Ethiopia’s 2013 5000m national champion Senbere Teferi is by far the fastest junior so far this year, with 8:41.54 from a blazing IAAF Diamond League race in Doha, where she placed ninth, while Kenyan trials winner Lilian Kasait Rengeruk ran 8:53.41 in the same race, making her the second-fastest Oregon 2014 entrant at this distance.

It’s unlikely that either will run as fast in Eugene although they should still be medal contenders.

Two non-Africans to watch out for are Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui and USA’s prodigiously talented Mary Cain, who is only 15th on the junior list at this distance in 2014 but was a world 1500m finalist in Moscow last summer.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Women's 3000 Metres Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Mercy Chebwogen KEN KEN 10 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Linli Zhang 8:46.86 CHN CHN Seoul 20 SEP 1992

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Alemitu Heroye ETH ETH 8:36.87
2 Senbere Teferi ETH ETH 8:41.54
3 Agnes Jebet Tirop KEN KEN 8:47.26
4 Lilian Kasait Rengeruk KEN KEN 8:53.41
5 Gotytom Gebreslase ETH ETH 8:57.23