Chemutai Peruth Breaks National record in Oregon

Chemutai Peruth Breaks National record in Oregon

At the Eugene Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, Ugandan runner Peruth Chemutai set a new national record and a world record in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, clocking in at 8:55.09 seconds.

Chemutai became the first woman from Uganda to win an Olympic medal when she took home the gold in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

She holds the records for both the 5km road race and the 3000m steeplechase in Uganda.

Chemutai smashed the Ugandan record in the 3000m steeplechase on Saturday, May 25, 2024, setting a new world record.

She did this by shaving three tenths of a second off the previous world record, which was held by Beatrice Chepkoech, Saturday’s runner-up (8:56.51).

The only women younger than nine minutes were them. The racer who had no intention of breaking the mark at first ended up smashing it in a race that was set up as a 10,000m world record attempt.

Beatrice Chebet of Kenya broke the record with a time of 28:54.14*, becoming the first female under 29 minutes on the track.

The previous world mark of 29:01.03, set by Letesenbet Gidey in 2021, was surpassed by seven seconds with that run, which was made on Saturday, 25 at the Prefontaine Classic.

The Hayward Field crowd erupted in excitement as soon as the race began to kick off the Wanda Diamond League encounter.

Four women ran faster than thirty minutes, with Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay finishing in second place with a time of 29:05.92 to become the third fastest performer of all time.

Both Chebet and Lilian Kasait Rengeruk (29:26.89) qualified for the Paris Olympic squad for Athletics Kenya, which was also using the race as a selection race.


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