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Women's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 6, 2012

Gold: RUS Yuliya Zaripova
Silver: TUN Habiba Ghribi
Bronze: ETH Sofia Assefa


Russia's [Yuliya Zaripova] had won the steeple at the 2011 World Championships, and had steadily moved up the world rankings, ranking 3rd in 2009, 2nd in 2010, and 1st in 2011. She came into London favored and proved the experts correct, winning the gold medal in a comfortable 9:06.72, almost two seconds ahead of the runner-up [Habiba Al-Ghribi-Boudra] of Tunisia. Zaripova led from the start and continued to string out the field with her excellent hurdling technique. After two kilometres, only Al-Ghribi, [Sofia Assefa] of Ethiopia and [Milcah Chemos] of Kenya could maintain contact with her. On the final lap, Al-Ghribi moved to Zaripova's shoulder and seemed ready to pass her, but Zaripova picked up the pace and waltzed away to victory, not hampered by having led from the start. Zaripova said, "It was easy to win this gold. I was very confident about winning." Assefa followed Al-Ghribi across the line for the bronze medal, with Chemos finishing fourth. Defending champion [Gulnara Samitova-Galkina] competed in the final but did not finish.

Al-Ghribi did not have an easy time competing as a Tunisian woman in athletics. Radicals in Tunisia claimed her behavior was un-Islamic and they urged the Tunisian government to strip her of her nationality because her running gear was too revealing.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuliya Zaripova 26 Russia RUS Gold
2 Habiba Ghribi 28 Tunisia TUN Silver
3 Sofia Assefa 24 Ethiopia ETH Bronze
4 Milcah Chemos Cheywa 26 Kenya KEN
5 Hiwot Ayalew 22 Ethiopia ETH
6 Etenesh Diro 21 Ethiopia ETH
7 Antje Möldner-Schmidt 28 Germany GER
8 Gesa Felicitas Krause 19 Germany GER
9 Emma Coburn 21 United States USA
10 Mercy Njoroge 26 Kenya KEN
11 Clarisse Cruz 34 Portugal POR
12 Poļina Jeļizarova 23 Latvia LAT
13 Bridget Franek 24 United States USA
AC r2/2 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina 34 Russia RUS
6 h1 r1/2 Barbara Parker 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Yelena Orlova 32 Russia RUS
6 h3 r1/2 Ancuța Bobocel 24 Romania ROU
7 h1 r1/2 Li Zhenzhu 26 China CHN
7 h2 r1/2 Valentyna Horpynych-Zhudina 29 Ukraine UKR
7 h3 r1/2 Dorcus Inzikuru 30 Uganda UGA
8 h1 r1/2 Diana Martín 31 Spain ESP
8 h2 r1/2 Lydia Rotich 23 Kenya KEN
8 h3 r1/2 Sandra Eriksson 23 Finland FIN
9 h1 r1/2 Genevieve LaCaze 22 Australia AUS
9 h2 r1/2 Stephanie Reilly 34 Ireland IRL
9 h3 r1/2 Eilish McColgan 21 Great Britain GBR
10 h1 r1/2 Korene Hinds 35 Jamaica JAM
10 h2 r1/2 Gülcan Mıngır 23 Turkey TUR
10 h3 r1/2 Kaltoum Bouaasayriya 29 Morocco MAR
11 h1 r1/2 Salima El Ouali Alami 28 Morocco MAR
11 h2 r1/2 Katarzyna Kowalska 27 Poland POL
11 h3 r1/2 Silviya Danekova 29 Bulgaria BUL
12 h1 r1/2 Shalaya Kipp 21 United States USA
12 h2 r1/2 Beverly Ramos 24 Puerto Rico PUR
12 h3 r1/2 Özlem Kaya 22 Turkey TUR
13 h1 r1/2 Sudha Singh 26 India IND
13 h2 r1/2 Cristina Casandra 35 Romania ROU
13 h3 r1/2 Matylda Szlęzak-Kowal 23 Poland POL
14 h1 r1/2 Svetlana Kudelich 25 Belarus BLR
14 h2 r1/2 Yin Anna 20 China CHN
15 h2 r1/2 Ángela Figueroa 28 Colombia COL
AC Marta Domínguez 36 Spain ESP DQ
AC Svitlana Shmidt 22 Ukraine UKR DQ
AC Binnaz Uslu 27 Turkey TUR DQ