Rotich, Chepkoech and Cheruiyot brilliant in Paris

A trio of Kenyans recorded brilliant wins as Beatrice Chepkoech and Timothy Cheruiyot recorded world leading times while Ferguson Rotich also recorded a brilliant win against an impressive field.

Ferguson Rotich leaves it late but wins

Ferguson Rotich is having the best season of his career. After finishing second behind Wycliffe Kinyamal in his last Diamond League race, Rotich finally recorded his first diamond league win of 2018. And he did it by coming from dead last with 300m to go, to win at the finish line.

Compatriot Jonathan Kitilit appeared to be running away with race, opening up a wide lead with 200m to go. But Rotich made his surge and passed every single person in the race to win in 1:43.73, the third fastest time of the season.

Even without Rudisha, Kenyans have thoroughly dominated the 800m in 2018: Michael Saruni, Jonathan Kitilit, Wycliffe Kinyamal and Alfred Kipketer own the nine fastest times of 2018.


1 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich  KEN 1:43.73
2 Jonathan Kitilit  KEN 1:43.83
3 Saúl Ordóñez ESP 1:44.36
4 Isaiah Harris USA 1:44.42
5 Alfred Kipketer  KEN 1:44.62
6 Joseph Deng  AUS 1:44.67
7 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse  FRA 1:45.19
8 Erik Sowinski  USA 1:45.34
9 Thiago do Rosário André  BRA 1:45.59
10 Peter Bol  AUS 1:45.82
11 Marc Reuther  GER 1:46.06
Jackson Mumbwa Kivuva  KEN DNF

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Cheruiyot still invincible

Not only has Timothy Cheruiyot won every single race that he has tried this season. This race was no different. Facing a strong field that included sub 3:30 performers like Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, Cheruiyot was undeterred. He took his place behind the two pacemakers. When the pacemakers peeled off, Cheruiyot shifted to fifth gear and shook off the rest of the field, leaving a huge gap between himself and second placed Souleiman. He won in 3:29.71, a world leading time and very close to his personal best of 3:29.10, set in 2017.


1 Timothy Cheruiyot  KEN 3:29.71 8
2 Ayanleh Souleiman  DJI 3:31.77 7
3 Charles Cheboi Simotwo  KEN 3:32.61 6
4 Aman Wote  ETH 3:32.81 5
5 Jakub Holuša  CZE 3:32.85 4
6 Filip Ingebrigtsen NOR 3:32.87 3
7 Bethwell Birgen KEN 3:34.27 2
8 Sadik Mikhou BRN 3:34.55 1

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Beatrice Chepkoech with a world leading time

It was a brilliant and commanding run by Beatrice Chepkoech to win the women’s 3000m steeplechase with a world leading time of 8:59.36. It was also a personal best for Chepkoech. And it was thanks largely to brilliant pacemaking by Ann Gathoni and former world junior champion Caroline Tuigong.

In the process, Chepkoech also beat Celliphine Chespol who owns the second fastest time in history and Hyvin Kiyeng who had been unbeaten in 2018. Kenyans were thoroughly dominant, occuppying all the top positions while surprise Commonwealth games champion Aisha Praught was 8th.


1 Beatrice Chepkoech  KEN 8:59.36 8
2 Celliphine Chepteek Chespol  KEN 9:01.82 7
3 Hyvin Kiyeng  KEN 9:03.86 6
4 Norah Jeruto  KEN 9:04.17 5
5 Winfred Mutile Yavi  BRN 9:12.74 4
6 Roseline Chepngetich  KEN 9:17.08 3
7 Daisy Jepkemei  KEN 9:17.35 2
8 Aisha Praught  JAM 9:20.89 1
9 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal  NOR 9:28.50
10 Fabienne Schlumpf  SUI 9:39.89
11 Elena Burkard  GER 9:40.18

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