5km road world record: Beatrice Chepkoech sets new women’s mark in Monaco

Beatrice Chepkoech won gold in the women’s 3,000 meter obstacle race at the 2019 World Athletics Championships

The world obstacle course champion Beatrice Chepkoech broke the women’s 5 km world record and finished the race in Monaco in 14 minutes and 43 seconds.

The Kenyan, who also holds the 3,000-meter obstacle race world record, battled windy conditions with the help of male pacemaker Luuk Maas.

The 29-year-old took a second off the previous mark Sifan Hassan set at the same event in 2019.

“I’m so happy because I wasn’t expecting it,” said Chepkoech.

“It was cold and there was a lot of wind, but my pacemaker told me we can do it, let’s push it, and I managed to run really fast. Everything was perfect.”

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the 10,000 meter world champion on the track, won the men’s race in 13:14. He set the men’s 5km record of 12:51 in Monaco last year.

The 5 km was recognized as a world record event in November 2017.

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