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Canadian record-holder Geneviève Lalonde through to women’s steeplechase final

She fell early, got up and ran within two seconds of her own Canadian record on route to qualifying for the finals

Genevieve Lalonde

Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton, N.B. was lucky to have run in the fastest heat of the day and has advanced to the 3,000m steeplechase final despite an early fall and not finishing top three.

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Her time of 9:31.81 was good for fifth place in her heat–Lalonde ran in the second of three heats where the top 3 finishers plus the next three fastest qualify for the final–and meant she went through on time. Her time was also a seasonal best and within a second and a half of her current Canadian record of 9:30.24.

Rio Olympic champion and world-record holder Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, defending World Champion and Rio Olympic silver-medalist Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi of Kenya and American record-holder and Rio bronze-medalist Emma Coburn all qualified in their respective heats and remain among the heavy favourites to medal.

Alycia Butterworth of Parksville, B.C. ran 9:51.50 finishing 8th in her heat and Maria Bernard of Calgary was 11th in 9:59.45 in the day’s final heat. Neither qualified for Friday’s final.