21 OCT 2000 General News

Women's 3000m final

Women’s 3000m final
Steven Downes for IAAF

22 October 2000 – Beatrice Jepchumba’s gold medal in the women’s 3,000 metres on Sunday duly completed almost total domination by Kenya of all the distance events at the World Junior Championships here.

With the sole exception of the women’s 1500m (won by Ethiopia’s Abebech Negussie), Kenyan men and women have won every running event from 800 metres upwards, including the steeplechase, the seven gold medals planting the east Africans firmly on top of the medals table on the final day of the championships.

This was a facile victory for Jepchumba, who came into the race as one of only two of the 18-strong field to have a sub-9min personal best – the other being her team mate Jane Chepkoech.

Both loped along with the leading group, through kilometres in 3min 05.38 and 6:09.60, before really taking the race by the scruff of the neck at the bell, running away with ease from Etablemahu Kidane, of Ethiopia, and Fang Chen of China.

Jepchumba (9:08.80) and Chepkoech (9:10.05) secured another Kenyan one-two, as Kidane’s 9:11.55 personal best just outdid the lifetime best 9:12.53 by the young woman from China, who was so tired by the race, she staggered across the line.

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