Many athletes graduating from junior may take some time before stamping authority in senior, but not for Beatrice Chebet, a magnetic new figure in track who has already taken a front seat with heavyweights.
Athletics Kenya, National Olympic trials slated for 17-19 June will be an epic battle in women's 5000m as Chebet takes on her major national assignment in senior. The twenty-one years old is fiery for the spectacle.
Chebet embodiment in junior was the 43rd edition of the world cross country championship held in Aarhus, Denmark. Together with Tsgie Gebreselama and Alemetu Tariku, both of Ethiopia they produced one of the closest finishes in the history of the IAAF world cross country championship. In fact, all were awarded the same time (20:50) Tariku being the winner, but after meticulous analysis, Chebet was found to be the outright winner hence awarded the gold medal.
It remains to be seen whether Chebet will subdue Hellen Obiri, Margaret Chelimo, and Lilian Kasait the way she did in the Doha diamond league. The trio is the formidable favorite in the trials. Janet Kisa, Pauline Kamulu, Eva Cherono, and Mercy Cherono will be in the mix. Kenya will be defending the 5000m title in Tokyo, won by Vivian Cheruiyot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.