Kenya and Uganda's national cross country championship were held over the weekend, Beatrice Chepkoech and Joshua Cheptegei were missing in action. The duo was attempting a world record in Herculis's 5km run in the streets of Monaco.
Ugandan maestro was set to break his own world record of 12:51, which he obliterated last year in the same venue. Kenya's steeplechase queen was attempting to break Siffan Hassan's world record of 14;44, erased in the same race on 17th Feb 2019.
Chepkoech braced the cold and windy condition in the street of Monaco to ran scintillating 14:43. She credited her pacemaker, Luuk Maas, for contributing immensely to the world record. " I was not expecting world record today, but my pacemaker kept encouraging me," she said.
In 2019 Chepkoech ran the world record of 8:44:32 in 3000m steeplechase. In the same year, she won the African championship and IAAF continental cup in her specialty. The world record holder is also the reigning world champion.
Cheptegei failed to break his own world record of 12:51, nonetheless, he won in 13:11. "I'm grateful to start 2021 with a win, not yet time enough to run faster, as Monaco is usually a place of breaking barriers," Cheptegei said. Last year, was a significant breakthrough in his carrier. Apart from winning the world cross country championship, Cheptegei broke three records. The track superstar invaded Kenenisa Bekele gallery of world record and successfully snatched 5000m and 10,000m
Even so, Chepteigei found it elusive to shook of Kenyans in the street of Monaco. Bethwell Birgen and Davis Kiplagat were obnoxious behind his back. Birgen managed to finish second in 13:15, while Kiplagat closed the podium, running 13:16.