18 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

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

Daisy Jepkemei of Kenya wins the gold medal on the Women's 3000 metre Steepechase Final on the day three of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on 12 July 2102 (Getty Images)Daisy Jepkemei of Kenya wins the gold medal on the Women's 3000 metre Steepechase Final on the day three of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on 12 July 2102 (Getty Images) © Copyright

Kenya's Daisy Jepkemei is the only defending champion in the women’s running events but is far from the favourite this time around, although Kenyan has a winning streak to preserve in this event having won on every occasion since it came onto the Championships programme in 2004.

She actually finished second in the Kenyan trials behind her rapidly improving compatriot Rosefline Chepngetich.

Bahrain's Ruth Jebet leads entrants with the 9:27.90 she ran in Marrakech last month, with Ethiopia's Buzuayehu Mohamed a distant second on the list of entrants at 9:40.26.

Australia’s Kate Spencer and Peru’s Zulema Arenas could also be medal contenders with times of 9:55.13 and 9:55.23 to their credit this summer.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Daisy Jepkemei KEN KEN 12 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Christine Kambua Muyanga 9:31.35 KEN KEN Bydgoszcz 10 JUL 2008

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Ruth Jebet BRN BRN 9:27.90
2 Tigist Getnet ETH ETH 9:28.36
3 Buzuayehu Mohamed ETH ETH 9:40.26
4 Rosefline Chepngetich KEN KEN 9:40.28
5 Daisy Jepkemei KEN KEN 9:47.65