Demadonna's Agnes Tirop won the Women's 3000m in 8'32"21 at the 2018 Müller Grand Prix Birmingham and Caroline Chepkoech takes the victory at the Falmouth Road Race in USA

Excited to see in the flesh many of their heroes out from the last European Championships in Berlin, a considerable crowd stormed to the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham for the Müller Grand Prix where they were fortunate enough to see an exceptional athletics performance including four meeting records.

However, our attention is focused on the comfortable victory by Kenya's Agnes Jebet Tirop in the women’s 3000 meters. The former world cross country champion led a Kenyan 1-2-3, sprinting ahead with 200 meters to the finish line to win in 8'32"21 - ahead of Lilian Rengeruk second in 8'33"34 and newly crowned African 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, 8'36"26 for third palce.

DAP's represented Jonathan Kitilit finished second in the men's 800 meters reaching the finish line in 1'43"53, only 5’’ shy of his personal best. Kitilit finished behind compatriot Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir winner in 1'422"9, while Elijah Motonei Manangoi completed an all Kenyan podium in third place with a time of 1'44"15.

 
Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya cruises in 35'48" at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race to be the first woman to win for three consecutive years

Once again the 24-year-old Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya dominated the women's race pulling away from compatriots Margaret Wangari and Mary Wacera at three miles.

“Because Wacera and Wangari were strong, I decided to push fast,” said Chepkoech, who had hoped to assault the course record but was disturbed by a headwind. “I’m happy so much for winning this race. I’m focusing for Falmouth. I love Falmouth. I love the people of Falmouth.”

Wangari, the 2012 Falmouth champion, would finish second in 36'43" – 55 seconds in arrears – while Wacera was third in 37'17".

 

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