How Beatrice Chepkoech plans to recapture top form after bronze at World Indoor Championships

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ATHLETICS How Beatrice Chepkoech plans to recapture top form after bronze at World Indoor Championships

Abigael Wafula 09:37 - 04.03.2024

World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech has noted that she is on a journey back to the top after starting off her season with a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships.

World 3000m steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech hopes to bounce back to winning ways this season after securing a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chepkoech was out of competition after suffering a hamstring injury that forced her to withdraw from the 2022 World Championships.

The Kenyan bounced back last season, finishing second at the Word Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and later securing second place at the Diamond League Meeting final.

She now seeks a return to the top, after her dominant exploits at the Indoor Championships where she competed in the 3000m and clocked 8:22.68 for a third-place finish. In order to get back to her winning ways, she admitted that she needed to work on her speed endurance.

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“I have noticed that I need to work on my speed endurance…Securing a bronze medal at this event is a good thing since it is the first time I’m winning a medal. I also think I can get back to where I was in the steeplechase because that’s what I’m aiming,” she said.

The world 3000m SC silver medallist added that her main goal this season is to make it to the Olympic Games where she intends to win a medal.

Speaking about the tactics used in the race, Chepkoech disclosed that sticking with Ethiopian world record holder Gudaf Tsegay paid off well.

She had observed Tsegay and knew that running close to her would earn her a medal. The race was won by USA’s Elle St. Pierre with Tsegay settling for second.

“I was just following the group and trying to maintain with them and after finishing, I realised it was a national record.

“When I was in Lievin, I watched how Tsegay was running and I was trying to stick with her knowing that I would run a good race,” she said.