Why the women's 5000m at Kenyan Olympic trials is not one to miss

Why the women's 5000m at Kenyan Olympic trials is not one to miss

Abigael Wafula 11:31 - 13.06.2024

The women's 5000m will provide a picture of how the race will turn out at the Paris 2024 Olympics and track and field fans should not have any reason to miss the event.

Athletics Kenya will host the Olympic trials on Friday and Saturday and the women’s 5000m is one of the events that track and field fans will not want to miss.

The event will certainly be a mini Olympics, having attracted a very strong field of world record holders, Olympic medallists and world medallists.

Only the top two are guaranteed a direct slot to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with the third athlete to be picked by a panel of selectors.

The event, happening at the Nyayo National Stadium, will see newly-crowned world 10,000m record holder Beatrice Chebet headlining the field. The world 5000m bronze medallist has been in the form of her life and so far, been unbeaten in all her international events.

She opened her season with cross country races, winning the 80th Elgoibar Juan Muguerza International Cross country before finishing fourth at the National Cross-Country Championships which were also trials for the World Cross Country Championships.

The Commonwealth Games champion opened her track season at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha before shattering the 10,000m world record at the Prefontaine Classic, the Diamond League Meeting in Eugene.

Chebet will be up against double-world record holder Faith Kipyegon, who will be opening her track season. Kipyegon had a slight injury that delayed her season opener but she is now ready to step foot on the track.

The double world champion enjoyed a great season last year, going unbeaten in all her track races and winning double gold at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She will be hoping to win her third successive Olympic title in the 1500m in Paris and hopefully also compete in the 5000m.

Another one to watch will be Lilian Kasait, the World Cross country silver medallist, who is also in great form. She clocked her personal best time at the Prefontaine Classic, finishing third behind Gudaf Tsegay and Chebet who won the race.

Kasait will also be looking to make the cut to the team, having showcased great skills at the Prefontaine Classic and the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Margaret Chelimo and Edinah Jebitok will also be in the mix, looking to impress at the event.

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