Genevieve LalondeCanada’s Geneviève Lalonde started training for her Olympic quest in one of the toughest places to run on Earth, the Canadian North. On Monday, a warm, sunny morning in Rio, Lalonde placed 16th overall in the 3,000m steeplchase final. Her strong run in 9:41 caps off a dream Olympics for the 24 year old, where she set a Canadian record of 9:30.24 in the qualifying round.

Kenyan-born Bahrainian athlete Ruth Jebet ran one of the most dominant and impressive races of the Games so far to win gold in the steeplechase. After a couple of laps, she increased the pace dramatically, surging to an unsurmountable lead over two Kenyans and American Emma Coburn.

Ruth Jebet wins gold in the 3,000m steeplechase in Rio. Photo: @Olympics
Ruth Jebet wins gold in the 3,000m steeplechase in Rio. Photo: @Olympics

Jebet increased her lead, finishing in 8:59.75, nearly breaking the world record in the process. Kenya’s Hyvin Jepkemoi held off a determined Coburn for silver. The American ran the race of her life, taking bronze in 9:07.63, a big personal best.

At just 24, Lalonde has already accumulated a great deal of international racing experience. The Moncton, N.B.-born runner will now lead a flourishing pool of Canadian steeplechase talent into next year’s IAAF World Championships in London.


1 451 Ruth JEBET BRNBRN 8:59.75 AR
2 947 Hyvin Kiyeng JEPKEMOI KENKEN 9:07.12
3 1331 Emma COBURN USAUSA 9:07.63 AR
4 943 Beatrice CHEPKOECH KENKEN 9:16.05 PB
5 638 Sofia ASSEFA ETHETH 9:17.15 SB
6 760 Gesa Felicitas KRAUSE GERGER 9:18.41 NR
7 325 Madeline HEINER HILLS AUSAUS 9:20.38 PB
8 1367 Colleen QUIGLEY USAUSA 9:21.10 PB
9 329 Genevieve LACAZE AUSAUS 9:21.21 PB
10 826 Lalita Shivaji BABAR INDIND 9:22.74
11 1342 Courtney FRERICHS USAUSA 9:22.87
12 1254 Habiba GHRIBI TUNTUN 9:28.75
13 955 Lydia Chebet ROTICH KENKEN 9:29.90
14 897 Aisha PRAUGHT JAMJAM 9:34.20
15 646 Etenesh DIRO ETHETH 9:38.77
16 481 Geneviève LALONDE CANCAN 9:41.88
17 848 Sara Louise TREACY IRLIRL 9:52.70
18 1212 Fabienne SCHLUMPF SUISUI 9:59.30

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