In Summary
  • In one of the major shocks of the championships, Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng relinquished her title to American Emma Coburn, who cracked a Championship Record time of 9min,02.58sec, leading compatriot Courtney Frerichs (9:03.77) to a 1-2 finish.
  • Kenyan athletes were forced to eat humble pie as Kiyeng settled forbronze in 9:04.03, with Beatrice Chepkoech, who was perceived the strongest among the Kenyans, coming in fourth in 9:10.45.

IN LONDON

Overconfidence, lack of concentration and failure to follow game plan cost Kenya victory in women’s 3,000m steeplechase final at the World Championships on Friday.

In one of the major shocks of the championships, Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng relinquished her title to American Emma Coburn, who cracked a Championship Record time of 9min,02.58sec, leading compatriot Courtney Frerichs (9:03.77) to a 1-2 finish.

Kenyan athletes were forced to eat humble pie as Kiyeng settled forbronze in 9:04.03, with Beatrice Chepkoech, who was perceived the strongest among the Kenyans, coming in fourth in 9:10.45.

Olympic champion, Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, came in fifth in 9:13.96 followed by the World Under-20 champion Cellphine Chespol from Kenya in 9:15.04. Commonwealth champion Purity Kirui was placed 10th in 9:25.62.

Team Kenya head coach Julius Kirwa, who described the performance as shocking and disastrous, said the race went on well with Chespol, who had an injury, doing her bit well in tracking Jebet, who was viewed as Kenya’s only threat, until two laps to go.

However, Kirwa said things started going awry when the rest of the pack opted to run differently from how they had planned the race, therefore playing into their rivals’ hands.

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