Kenya’s Chepkoech eyes fast track to Olympic gold

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Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech, the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase world record holder, plans to add another major title to her first world championships win in September – an Olympic gold medal.

FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Women's 3000 Metres Steeplechase Final – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – October 1, 2019. Gold Medalist Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech on the podium. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

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ELDORET, Kenya: Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech, the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase world record holder, plans to add another major title to her first world championships win in September – an Olympic gold medal.

The victory in Doha has given her extra confidence heading into next year's Tokyo Olympics, Chepkoech told Reuters on the sidelines of an Athletics Kenya conference in the northwestern city of Eldoret.

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"It motivates me a lot towards the Olympics next year," she said. "It was also my first World Championships win and I am heading to the Olympics also and I want to win it."

Chepkoech, 28, said she plans to compete in 1,500 metres indoor races next year in a bid to build up her speed and endurance heading into Tokyo.

"When I start with 1,500 (metres) I am going to gain a lot of speed and then also when I move to outdoor I will do 3,000 (metres) flat and that will also push me to get that speed endurance (for the steeplechase)," she said.

"Because I am not going to do much Diamond League, so I think I will be having a lot of energy."

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"If there is a faster track, I will try my best to lower my world record," Chepkoech added.

The steeplechase is one of the events that have been cut from the Diamond League's core programme next year in an effort to create faster-paced and more exciting meetings.

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