Kenya Women’s 4x1500m in Nassau Bahamas 2014 sets new WORLD RECORD

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The women from Kenya say they have come for the Gold!

(L-R) Irene Jelagat, Faith Chepngetich Klipyegon, Mercy Cherono and Hellen Osando Obrir of Kenya pose together after setting a new world record of 16:33.58 in the woman's 4X1500 metres relay - Getty Images.

Nassau, Bahamas — Kenya’s women’s 4x1500m quartet improved the world record* by more than half a minute to 16:33.58 at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, The Bahamas, on Saturday (25).

The team of Mercy Cherono, Faith Kipyegon, Irene Jelagat and Hellen Obiri not only took the first prize of US$50,000 but also a world record bonus of US$50,00.

Cherono opened with a leg of 4:07.4, leading at the handover, Kipyegon followed with 4:08.5, Jalegat ran a leg of 4:10.8 with Obiri bringing Kenya home with 4:06.9 (all splits unofficial).

The previous world best of 17:05.72 was set by another Kenyan team in Nairobi last month.

Parker Morse for the IAAF