Tokyo Olympics: Kenya’s steeplechase trio out to snap 12 year wait for Olympic title

 

The trio of Beatrice Chepkoech, Hyvin Kiyeng and Purity Kirui will be eyeing to clinch Kenya’s maiden gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the Olympics.

Since the introduction of the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in 2008, a Kenyan athlete is yet to win a gold medal with Eunice Jepkorir (2008) and Hyvin Kiyeng (2016) coming closer with silver place finishes.

For Kiyeng, the 2015 world champion, upgrading the silver medal she won at the Rio Games is her mission at the Tokyo Games.

“After winning a silver medal in 2016, it is my prayer that this time I will get a gold medal. However, like any other championship, it will not be easy but I will do my best,” said Kiyeng.

Kiyeng, who has been in a red-hot form recently since winning the national trials mid last month has insisted that it is through teamwork that the Kenyans can dominate the race.

“Team work is the key for us since we already have a very good understanding with my teammates, Beatrice and Purity,” she added.

Kiyeng remained guarded on the  tough task ahead urging for focus.

‘’You remember in 2016 those ladies from America we were not expecting them and you  saw what happened so I think in championship you need to have full focus on the race because anything can happen’’,Kiyeng said.

Chepkoech, the world record holder and world champion over the distance, who has been battling a hamstring injury revealed she is slowly returning to her top form ahead of the 3000m steeplechase heats slated for Saturday.

“We have had good preparations and I think I am personally ready. Actually, I had been having an issue with my hamstring since our trials last month,” Chepkoech added.

 

Beatrice Chepkoech who holds 3,000m world record will be hoping to lead kenya’s medal search at the race in the Tokyo Olympics.

Kirui agreed that the Kenyan team has the possibility of sweeping the podium in the water and barrier race.

“We have trained together very well and I have confidence with my teammates we can do great things. The three of us making the podium is possible,” said Kirui, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist with a sense of confidence.

The women’s steeplechase campaign kicks off on August 1 with the final slated three days later on August 4.

  

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