Canada’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.
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.
|2||947||Hyvin Kiyeng JEPKEMOI||KEN||9:07.12|
|6||760||Gesa Felicitas KRAUSE||GER||9:18.41||NR|
|7||325||Madeline HEINER HILLS||AUS||9:20.38||PB|
|10||826||Lalita Shivaji BABAR||IND||9:22.74|
|13||955||Lydia Chebet ROTICH||KEN||9:29.90|
|17||848||Sara Louise TREACY||IRL||9:52.70|