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African steeplechase champion expects new world record

IANS  |  Nairobi 

World record holder of has said the new mark would for further down in the new season.

This came on the day global body IAAF ratified her record eclipsing what former Kenyan turned set in in 2016, reports

Chepkoech believed anyone can run the 3,000 metre in under eight minutes and 40 seconds.

"Beatrice Chepkoech's 3,000m 8:44.32 World Record has been ratified by the IAAF. The previous time was 8:52.78 held by of Bahrain," said Sebastian Coe, the

Chepkoech, however missed out on the world title last year in and believes it will be idea for her to be crowned the champion in Doha, during the 2019 World Championships.

"I want to win the world championships. fast is important, but winning the gold medal is more appealing," she said.

This season, alongside setting the world record, Chepkoech banked the lucrative cheque for winning the Africa Championships and the Diamond League Trophy in the water and hurdles event.

"It is good to speculate on my next target. Maybe my next target could be to run under 8:40," said Chepkoech.

Currently, Chepkoech will take a deserved leave to rest his body and hope to return in December with early preparation ahead of the cross country season in February.



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First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 12:50 IST