The last couple of seasons has been quite successful for young Beatrice Chebet.
In 2022, the 22-year-old policewoman from Londiani won the silver medal in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
She followed this up with a brilliant gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. In 2022, Chebet also won gold in the 5,000 metres at the African Championships in St Pierre, Mauritius.
Chebet started the 2023 season on a high with a good medal in the senior women’s race at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia, sensationally outwitting Ethiopia’s pre-race favourite and multiple world record holder Letesenbet Gidey on a challenging course.
"It has not been easy but it’s all about discipline and hard work."
She is currently ranked number three in the world in the 5,000 metres. Chebet’s star started to shine in 2018 when she won gold in the 5,000 metres at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
She followed it up with another gold in the Under-20 race at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.
“It has not been easy but it’s all about discipline and hard work,” Chebet remarked upon arrival back home from Bathurst following her latest triumph.
She is one to watch at the World Athletics Championships from August 19-27 this year in Budapest, Hungary, especially as she had a brilliant season on the track in 2022.
She won the overall Diamond League trophy for the 5,000 metres, taking home a diamond trophy and a $30,000 (Sh3.8 million) bonus that also came with a wild card entry to the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.