Jeruto Upsets Chepkoech in Oslo


Norah Jeruto produced the biggest upset at the Bislett Stadium in the Oslo Diamond League leg, taking the steeplechase in 9:03.71, a meeting record and another world lead to end world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech’s unbeaten streak at seven.

Chepkoech, whose last loss came in Rome more than a year ago, took command 1300 metres into the race, with Jeruto shadowing closely.

As the laps wore on, the order didn’t change, with Jeruto running confidently, seeming waiting for the right moment to pounce. That came in the final 100 metres. As she was passed, Chepkoech didn’t even try to respond, content with her eventual 9:04.30 seasons best.

In a quality race, another Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng was third in 9:07.56 with world champion Emma Coburn fourth in 9:08.42.

Meanwhile Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski won the evening-capping Dream Mile in a blanket finish clocking a 3:52.34 world lead, 0.04 ahead of Kenyan Vincent Kibet who was piped on the line. Ethiopian Ayanleh Souleiman was another step back, clocking 3.52.66 for third.

Christian Coleman sped to a dominant 9.85 victory in the 100m.

Quickest out of the blocks, the reigning Diamond League champion pulled away mid-race and was never threatened as he chipped 0.01 from the previous world he shared with compatriot Noah Lyles and Divine Oduduru of Nigeria.

Xie Zhenye of China was second in 10.01, a season’s best, with Michael Rodgers third in 10.04.


Coleman’s performance was one of six world leads on the night, the first coming courtesy of Selemon Barega in a 3000m contest that had the capacity crowd on its feet.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei did much of the leading, taking command just beyond the midway point, hoping to run the zing from the Ethiopian’s legs. It wouldn’t come to pass.

Tucked behind Kenyan Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli, Barega maintained close contact in third over the first kilometre, then moved into second with 600 metres remaining. He then made his decisive move with just over half a lap to go to take the victory in 7:32.17, a lifetime best for the 19-year-old. Cheptegei held his position to finish second in 7:33.26 with Kimeli next in 7:34.85, personal bests for both.

Behind them, Henrik Ingebrigtsen captivated the crowd with the strong final lap of his own, moving from sixth with 500 metres left to race to fourth across the line, his 7:36.85 a new national record. The stadium erupted.

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