Zagreb will once again witness a world best attempt!

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Following the practice of previous years, the 73rd Boris Hanžeković Memorial will feature one event in which the world best is targeted. This time, it is the women’s 2000 meter steeplechase.

The chances of witnessing this record on Sunday around 8:00 PM are indeed significant because two athletes have ran close to the record which was set by the German Gesa Felicitas Krause in 2019, and which stands at 5:52.80.

The first one is Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech, the current world record holder, former world champion, and 3000 meter steeplechase World Championships silver medallis. Her 3000m steeplechase world record is 8:44.32, while her best result in the 2000 meter steeplechase stands at 6:02.47.

A worthy opponent in the pursuit of this record for Chepkoech will be the Slovenian Maruša Mišmaš Zrimšek, Olympic Games and World Championships 3000 meter steeplechase finalist, with the second-best result of all time in the 2000 meter steeplechase – 5:56.28.

Among the other participants in the hunt for the world best, it is worth mentioning the Tunisian Marwa Bouzayani, whose best result in this event is 6:22.10. The pace required to break the world best will also be set by three pacemakers, so we can certainly expect an exciting race of just under six minutes on Sunday.