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Lockdown: Steeplechase World Record Holder Turned Part-time Farmer

The covid-19 induced lockdown has afford the Steeplechase world record holder Kenya Beatrice Chepkoech another opportunity to go back to what she used to do before she shot to limelight; which is farming.

“To adhere to the social distancing procedures I train alone and then join my parents on the farm,” she said.

“This is the only opportunity to be with them and share good moments unlike other days spending most the time in the training camp,” the 28-year-old world record holder said.

So taking time off her training regime to help her parents reminds her roots. Long before she gained fame running in world capitals, Chepkoech’s daily routine entailed plucking tea, fetching water and firewood among other home chores.

“Tea is what paid our school fees. We used to help our parents during weekends and free time plucking tea leaves. Doing this now reminds me a lot. I really enjoy helping my parents,” said Chepkoech.

But when asked on how she will regain her form needed to bring home Olympic gold come next year? She has this to say: “Well, I’m planning to start two training schedules in a day; once in the morning and another in the evening just to keep myself in shape,” she said.