World 3000m steeplechase record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech now holds the world 2000m steeplechase best, clocking 5:47.42 at the Boris Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb. The Kenyan went after the 2019 record of 5:52.80 set by Gesa Felicitas Krause, taking more than five seconds off. Her compatriot Winnie Jemutai secured second place with 5:52.92.
Slovenia’s Marusa Mismas-Zrimsek set a national record of 5:53.38 for third place, while Albania’s Luiza Gega came fourth in 5:56.79. Chepkoech said, “I had one world record, and now I have two, so I am lucky.” She’s set to compete at the Wanda Diamond League Final in Eugene and the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga.
Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn set a meeting record of 12.47 in the 100m hurdles. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica, the Olympic champion, won the men’s 100m hurdles. Meeting records were also set in the men’s 3000m and the women’s 1500m.
Tunisia’s Ahmed Jaziri won the men’s 3000m steeplechase. In the field events, Kristjan Ceh of Slovenia and Sandra Perkovic of Croatia triumphed in the discus. Shanieka Ricketts claimed victory in the women’s triple jump, and the USA’s Maggie Malone won the women’s javelin.
Anita Horvat and Dan Rowden won the women’s and men’s 800m, respectively. Laviai Nielsen won the women’s 400m, Kyree King took the men’s 200m, and Ferdinand Omanyala secured victory in the men’s 100m.
The event started with the City Challenge, featuring long jump titles. Tom Walsh triumphed in the men’s shot put at the Ivan Ivancic Memorial.
The Boris Hanzekovic Memorial delivered a thrilling display of athletics excellence and record-breaking performances in Zagreb.