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.
Chepkoech competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics
|Born||6 July 1991|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
Chepkoech began her career in road running, taking top three placings in 2014 at several low level races in Germany and the Netherlands. 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. A bronze medal in the event followed at the 2015 African Games.
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.
She finished 2nd at the 1500m in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- 800 metres – 2:05.73 min (2015)
- 1500 metres – 4:03.09 min (2018)
- 3000 metres – 8:28.66 min (2017)
- 2000 metres steeplechase – 6:02.47 min (2015)
- 3000 metres steeplechase – 8:44.32 min (2018) (WR)
- 10K run – 32:35 min (2014)
- Half marathon – 84:02 min (2009)
All information from IAAF.
|2015||African Games||Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo||3rd||1500 m||4:19.16|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||4th||3000 m s'chase||9:16.05|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||4th||3000 m s'chase||9:10.45|
|2018||World Indoor Championship||Birmingham, United Kingdom||7th||1500 m||4:13.59|
|Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||2nd||1500 m||4:03.09|
|African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:59.88|
|IAAF Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||1st||3000 m s'chase||9:07.92|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:57.84|
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- Senior Outdoor Women's 3000 metres steeplechase 2016. IAAF. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.
- Beatrice Chepkoech. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 13 August 2016.