Beatrice Chebet of Kenya won the senior women’s title at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, 2024, in an incredible demonstration of her physical prowess and unwavering determination. She is the first senior female athlete to accomplish this feat back-to-back since Tirunesh Dibaba in 2006.

Amidst stiff competition, the 24-year-old Chebet exhibited her exceptional talent, breaking away from fellow Kenyan Lilian Kasait Rengeruk just 400 meters from the finish line to claim victory in a time of 31 minutes and 5 seconds. Rengeruk secured the silver medal with a commendable finish in 31 minutes and 8 seconds, while Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi clinched the bronze in 31 minutes and 9 seconds.

Beyond her own victory, Chebet’s outstanding performance was demonstrated by her ability to guide her countrymen to an outstanding sweep of the top five spots in the race. This group’s accomplishment is similar to Kenya’s domination at the 2017 competition in Kampala, where they placed first through sixth in the senior women’s division.

Reflecting on her victory, Chebet credited the favorable weather conditions and the exemplary teamwork among her fellow Kenyan athletes. “Our victory in the team competition underscores our strong teamwork,” remarked Chebet. “Our collective training regimen and unity were pivotal in achieving this remarkable outcome.”


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The race unfolded with the Kenyan team, comprising Agnes Jebet Ngetich, Emmaculate Anyango Achol, Chebet, Rengeruk, and Kipkemboi, asserting their dominance from the outset. Despite challenges from competitors from Uganda and the USA, the Kenyan contingent maintained a formidable presence throughout the race.

As the laps progressed, the Kenyan athletes showcased their prowess, with Ngetich, Anyango, Rengeruk, Chebet, and Kipkemboi consistently leading the charge. Their relentless pace and strategic coordination left little room for their opponents to make significant advances. In the final lap, Chebet surged ahead with a decisive sprint, securing her historic victory and solidifying Kenya’s dominance in the event.


Chebet’s victory confirms Kenya’s status as a long-distance running force and is a tribute to her extraordinary talent and persistent commitment. Her triumph serves as motivation for aspiring athletes everywhere by demonstrating the transforming potential of commitment and tenacity in a global setting.