Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik (born 6 July 1991) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the steeplechase over 3000 meters. She won gold at the 2019 World Championships, silver at the 2018 African Championships, and bronze at the 2023 World Championships. Chepkoech won silver in the 1500m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2015 African Games. She holds the world record for the 3000 m steeplechase with a time of 8:44.32 set in Monaco in 2018. With that time, she became the first woman in the event to break the 8:50 and 8:45 barriers.
Chepkoech is a two-time Diamond League champion in the 3000 m steeplechase and a Kenyan national champion.
Beatrice Chepkoech began her running career on the road, finishing third in several low-key races in Germany and the Netherlands in 2014. In 2015, she switched to track running and won the KBC Night of Athletics with a 1500m personal best of 4:03.28. She finished the season just outside the top twenty athletes, and she was the fifth-fastest Kenyan. At the 2015 African Games, he won a bronze medal in the event.
Chepkoech finished second in the 2000m steeplechase at the ISTAF Berlin, beating 2015 world bronze steeplechase medalist Gesa Felicitas Krause.
She finished fourth in 9:10.45 at the London World Championships in August after missing a water jump and having to run back in the final. At the end of August, she broke the nine-minute barrier for the first time, finishing second in the Zürich circuit final in 8:59.84.
The following month, Chepkoech won gold in the event at the African Championships, setting a championship record of 8:59.88 in the process. She won her first Diamond League title in her specialty event that year, winning three of the five events, including the final in Brussels.
In 2019, she finished seventh in the senior women's race at the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, in March. She won the 3000 m steeplechase at the Doha World Championships in Qatar in September with a time of 8:57.84, breaking the championship record in the process. Chepkoech won her second Diamond Trophy steeplechase that year, winning four of the five events, including the final in Zürich.
She broke the 5 km road world record in 14 minutes and 43 seconds at the Monaco Run in February 2021. Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui set the previous world record in a mixed gender race in 2018 with a time of 14:48. Chepkoech's time broke Sifan Hassan's women-only record of 14:44, which she set in 2019. Chepkoech finished seventh in her signature event at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in August with a time of 9:16.33.
Due to an injury, she was forced to withdraw from the 2022 World Championship in Eugene, Oregon, in July.
|2015||African Games||Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo||3rd||1500 m||4:19.16|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||4th||3000 m s'chase||9:16.05|
|2017||World Cross Country Championships||Kampala, Uganda||1st||Mixed relay||22:22|
|World Championships||London, United Kingdom||4th||3000 m s'chase||9:10.45|
|2018||World Indoor Championship||Birmingham, United Kingdom||7th||1500 m||4:13.59|
|Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||2nd||1500 m||4:03.09|
|African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:59.88 CR|
|Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||1st||3000 m s'chase||9:07.92 CR|
|2019||World Cross Country Championships||Aarhus, Denmark||7th||Senior race||22:22|
|2nd||Senior team||25 pts|
|World Championships||Doha, Qatar||1st||3000 m s'chase||8:57.84 CR|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||7th||3000 m s'chase||9:16.33|