NAIROBI, Kenya- Beatrice Chepkoech bounced back from a disappointing fourth place finish
in Karlsruhe to break 1500m indoor record at the Dusseldorf leg of the World
world record holder crossed the line in 4:02.09 clipping 0.12 off the
previous national record, also setting the fastest time in the world this
season over the distance.
Chepkoech proved to be the force to reckon with, upping the
tempo as she broke away from the pacesetter with three-and-a-half laps to go.
She was relentless, clicking off nearly identical laps of
32.07 and 32.05 over laps five and six. The seventh, nearly a second quicker at
31.25, cushioned the Kenyan’s lead and ultimately put it out of reach.
Embaye’s persistence was rewarded with a 4:02.96 season’s
best for second, earning her enough points to maintain her lead in the Tour
Winnie Nanyondo was third in 4:06.13, a national indoor
record for Uganda.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Vincent Kibet finished third in the men’s
race clocking 3:39.49 in a race won by Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen who clocked
In the 3,000m, Bethwel Birgen failed to make it three in a
row after he finished third behind Ethiopian youngster Selemon Barega after a
gutsy battle over the final lap.
Running in his season’s debut, Barega powered past the
Kenyan as they entered the straight to take a convincing win in 7:35.71,
another world lead, indoor personal best and meet record.
His Ethiopian compatriot Getnet Wale snuck in for second in
7:36.03 with Birgen, the winner in the Boston and Karlsruhe legs, next in 7:36.21,
a personal best.