Beatrice Chepkoech to take on nemesis Winfred Yavi in Xiamen

ATHLETICS Beatrice Chepkoech to take on nemesis Winfred Yavi in Xiamen

Abigael Wafula 19:17 - 29.03.2024

World 3000m SC record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will renew her rivalry with World champion Winfred Yavi at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen.

World 3000m steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech will take on her nemesis Winfred Yavi at the Diamond League Meeting series opener in Xiamen, China on Saturday, April 20.

Chepkoech has enjoyed an amazing indoor season, bagging her first medal in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The 32-year-old then proceeded to the African Games in Accra, Ghana, finishing fourth in the 5000m and winning gold in the 3000m steeplechase.

The world 3000m silver medallist is clearly on fire this season and is aiming for a medal at the Olympic Games in Paris, France later this year.

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She now heads to Xiamen, confident of competing against a formidable field and winning. She has done it before and winning the race will not be news.

However, Yavi, her closest challenger, will prove to stop Chepkoech from continuing her winning streak when they lock horns in China. The reigning World 3000m SC champion enjoyed a great 2023 season and will be hoping to continue the winning streak to the Olympics.

She beat Chepkoech in all the races they locked horns including the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and the Diamond League Meeting final. Yavi is yet to open her 2024 season and she will be keen to have a great start to her Olympic season.

Another strong athlete confirmed for the event is World 3000m SC bronze medallist Faith Cherotich who is also yet to open her season. The youngster also enjoyed an amazing 2023 season and she will certainly look to build on that this year.

She proved to be a strong athlete, competing against the seniors and finishing third both at the World Championships and Diamond League Final held in Eugene, USA. Thanks to her dominant exploits, she won the World Athletics women’s rising star award.