Former world champion Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng upset reigning world champion and world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech in the 3000m steeplechase and clinching victory at the Berlin leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour on Sunday.
Kiyeng clocked who said that “Due to the coronavirus I was stuck in Kenya but kept training. This was my first competition this year, and I am grateful for this. If there are opportunities for other races, I will compete,” used 9:06.14 to snatch victory ahead of the world record holder who was contesting her second race since the restart to the athletics calendar.
She ran side by side with Chepkoech, The Beijing 2015 World Champion, and they entered the homestretch hurdling over the last water barrier together before Kiyeng upped the ante to cross the finish line first. Chepkoech came second in 9:10.07.
Chepkoech led most of the race, passing the 1,000m mark in 2:59.00 and crossing the 2000m mark in 6:03:44. However, she didn’t have the finishing kick to kill off the race like Kiyeng.