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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 13, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016

Gold: BRN Ruth Jebet
Silver: KEN Hyvin Kiyeng
Bronze: USA Emma Coburn


[Ruth Jebet] was Kenyan-born but started running for Bahrain in 2013. She had been the top steepler most of the year and it was thought a world record might be coming. The other top medal contenders were Kenyan [Hyvin Kiyeng] and American [Emma Coburn]. The threesome had finished in that order – Jebet, Jepkemoi, Coburn – in May at the Pre Meet in Eugene, Oregon.

The final started out at a very slow pace, seemingly obviating any world record chances. At 1,000 metres Jebet took off and ran the final five laps in under 70-second pace to drop the field and run away to a gold medal. She needed to run the last lap in under 70 seconds to break the world record but her 70.9 finishing lap brought her home in 8:59.75, the second fastest time ever.

Behind Jebet, Jepkemoi and Kenyan teammate [Beatrice Chepkoech] ran together and seemingly would join Jebet on the podium. Chepkoech, however, could not hold on to Jepkemoi’s pace and Coburn caught her with about two laps to go. Coburn set chase for Jepkemoi and almost caught her on the final water jump, but Jepkemoi ran away on the in-run to take silver, Coburn winning bronze. Coburn’s time of 9:07.63 set an American record and moved her to eighth on the all-time performer list.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ruth Jebet 19 Bahrain BRN Gold
2 Hyvin Kiyeng 24 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Emma Coburn 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Beatrice Chepkoech 25 Kenya KEN
5 Sofia Assefa 28 Ethiopia ETH
6 Gesa Felicitas Krause 24 Germany GER
7 Madeline Hills 29 Australia AUS
8 Colleen Quigley 23 United States USA
9 Genevieve LaCaze 26 Australia AUS
10 Lalita Babar 27 India IND
11 Courtney Frerichs 23 United States USA
12 Habiba Ghribi 32 Tunisia TUN
13 Lydia Rotich 27 Kenya KEN
14 Aisha Praught 26 Jamaica JAM
15 Etenesh Diro 25 Ethiopia ETH
16 Geneviève Lalonde 24 Canada CAN
17 Sara Treacy 27 Ireland IRL
18 Fabienne Schlumpf 25 Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r1/2 Zhang Xinyan 22 China CHN
6 h1 r1/2 Mariya Shatalova 27 Ukraine UKR
6 h3 r1/2 Anna-Emilie Møller 19 Denmark DEN
7 h1 r1/2 Peruth Chemutai 17 Uganda UGA
7 h2 r1/2 Hiwot Ayalew 26 Ethiopia ETH
8 h1 r1/2 Charlotta Fougberg 31 Sweden SWE
8 h2 r1/2 Matylda Szlęzak-Kowal 27 Poland POL
9 h1 r1/2 Özlem Kaya 26 Turkey TUR
9 h2 r1/2 Sanaa Koubaa 31 Germany GER
9 h3 r1/2 Sudha Singh 30 India IND
10 h1 r1/2 Olga Sergeyenko-Sudareva 32 Belarus BLR
10 h2 r1/2 Victoria Mitchell 34 Australia AUS
10 h3 r1/2 Salima El Ouali Alami 32 Morocco MAR
11 h1 r1/2 Fadwa Sidi Madane 21 Morocco MAR
11 h2 r1/2 Michelle Finn 26 Ireland IRL
11 h3 r1/2 Eliane Saholinirina 34 Madagascar MAD
12 h1 r1/2 Diana Martín 35 Spain ESP
12 h2 r1/2 Tigest Getent 19 Bahrain BRN
13 h1 r1/2 Ingeborg Løvnes 23 Norway NOR
13 h2 r1/2 Maria Bernard 23 Canada CAN
13 h3 r1/2 Ancuța Bobocel 28 Romania ROU
14 h1 r1/2 Kerry O'Flaherty 35 Ireland IRL
14 h2 r1/2 Meryem Akdağ 23 Turkey TUR
14 h3 r1/2 Tuğba Güvenç 22 Turkey TUR
15 h1 r1/2 Juliana Santos 33 Brazil BRA
15 h2 r1/2 Sandra Eriksson 27 Finland FIN
15 h3 r1/2 Maya Rehberg 22 Germany GER
16 h1 r1/2 Erin Teschuk 21 Canada CAN
16 h2 r1/2 Luiza Gega 27 Albania ALB
16 h3 r1/2 Belén Casetta 21 Argentina ARG
17 h1 r1/2 Anju Takamizawa 20 Japan JPN
17 h2 r1/2 Anastasiya Puzakova 22 Belarus BLR
17 h3 r1/2 Lennie Waite 30 Great Britain GBR
18 h2 r1/2 Amina Bettiche 28 Algeria ALG
DNS Silviya Danekova 33 Bulgaria BUL