At the “Nacht van de Euregio” meet in Neerpelt, Belgium, on Saturday (2) there were some fast clockings in the distance races including a world leading time in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase, with South American records in both that event and the men's 10,000m.
Eunice Jepkorir ran the 12th fastest women's 3000m Steeplechase of all-time (9:25.84). The Kenyan’s time was also the fastest in the world so far in 2007. In her wake back in sixth, 21-year-old Zenaide Vieira of Brazil finished with 9:46.20, a significant improvement on the previous South American record of 9:52.09 set by the same athlete at the Brazilian GP of Belém on 20 May.
Ahead of the Brazilian there were new national records for the second, third and fourth placed athletes, respectively Netsanet Achamo of Ethiopia (9:28.03), Belgium’s Veerle Dejaeghere (9:28.47) and Norwegian Karoline Grovdal (9:33.19). The latter is only 17 and her performance establishes a new European junior record by a large margin (Ancuta Bobocel of Romania – 9:49.03, 2004).