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Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik (born 6 July 1991) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She is the current world record holder in that event running 8:44.32 in 2018. With that time she became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45. She was also a bronze medallist over 1500 metres at the 2015 African Games.

Beatrice Chepkoech
Beatrice Chepkoech 2016.jpg
Chepkoech competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 28)
Bomet, Kenya
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight54 kg (119 lb)[1]
Event(s)Long-distance running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 3000 m SC: 8:44.32 (2018) WR


Chepkoech began her career in road running, taking top three placings in 2014 at several low level races in Germany and the Netherlands.[2] She switched to track running in 2015 and set a 1500 m best of 4:03.28 minutes to win at the KBC Night of Athletics. This time placed her just outside the top twenty athlete for the season and she was the fifth fastest Kenyan.[3] A bronze medal in the event followed at the 2015 African Games.[4]

Chepkoech ended her 2015 season with a run in the 2000 metres steeplechase at the ISTAF Berlin and this prompted her to try the full 3000 m Olympic event. She made a successful transition and on the 2016 IAAF Diamond League circuit she ran 9:17.41 minutes for fourth at the Prefontaine Classic before taking second at the Stockholm Diamond League. She ranked fifth in the world upon entry to the 2016 Rio Olympics.[5]

She finished 2nd at the 1500m in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In July 2018, Chepkoech shaved eight seconds off the women's world record in the 3000 m steeplechase, winning IAAF Diamond League Monaco race in 8:44.32.[6] Highlights Video on YouTube.

Personal bestsEdit

All information from IAAF.[7]

International competitionsEdit


  1. ^ a b Chepkoech[permanent dead link]. Rio2016. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ Senior Outdoor Women's 1500 metres 2015. IAAF. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ Big-Time Women's Steeple Talent Set for Pre Classic. Diamond League (24 May 2016). Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  5. ^ Senior Outdoor Women's 3000 metres steeplechase 2016. IAAF. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.
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  7. ^ Beatrice Chepkoech. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.

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