There were many amazing aspects of Celliphine Chespol’s win in the 3000m steeplechase at this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meet in Eugene Oregon. The Kenyan runner is only 18-years-old. Her time of 8:58.78 is the second fastest ever run, trailing Ruth Jebet’s world record by 6 seconds. She also shaved 7 seconds off her personal best. However, the most notable part of her victory was that she had to come to a stop to adjust her shoe with only 500 meters left in the race.
After the second to last water jump, Chespol’s heel appeared to come out of her shoe. While bending down to readjust, she let Jebet of Bahrain and Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya pass and gain about a 3-second lead. After fighting her way back over the last lap, Chespol caught both runners with just 200 meters left to go. A blazing kick cemented her victory. Chepkoech finished second in 9:00.70 and Jebet fell to third in 9:03.52. American Emma Coburn finished 4th in 9:07.96, only .33 off her own American record.
Watch the end of the exciting race below.