Kenyan 3000m steeplechase world record holder Jackline Chepkoech has won the 3000m Steeplechase gold at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to bag Kenya its second gold medal in the games.
Chepkoech, the outgoing world under 20 champion in the water and barrier race, clinched the first position after clocking 9:15.68.
Elizabeth Bird of Britain took silver in the second position at 9:17.79 while Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai bagged the bronze in 9:23.24.
Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala won Kenya’s first gold in the Commonwealth Games after beating the defending Champion Akani Simbine of South Africa when he won the 100m title.
A section of Kenyans took to their social media to pour praises to Chepkoech for her performance in the race and to celebrate the win:
Fantastic run in the 3000m by Jackline Chepkoech beating a talented field to bag Kenya our second Gold medal.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 6, 2022
Keep running and keep inspiring our youth. The entire nation is proud of you. Kudos! pic.twitter.com/xww1xR5ql4
From World Junior Champion to gold at the Commonwealth Games.— Martha Karua SC (@MarthaKarua) August 6, 2022
Our very own Jackline Chepkoech has inspired the whole nation to dream big and pursue greatness - for victory is always around the corner. We are beyond proud.
Congratulations ???? pic.twitter.com/bMg5KqSJOI
Well done Jackline Chepkoech for flying our flag high and winning Kenya our second Gold medal at the Commonwealth games in the 3000m Steeplechase.— Hon Gladys Wanga, CBS (@gladyswanga) August 6, 2022
We are all proud of you. pic.twitter.com/y6N4WIMxNK