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Gen Lalonde sets another Canadian record in steeplechase final

Peruth Chemutai takes the win for Uganda – the first Olympic medal for a Ugandan woman, with Courtney Frerichs winning silver for Team USA

Genevieve Lalonde

Gen Lalonde has done it again – lowered the Canadian record in the 3,000m steeplechase, which she set in the first round just a few days ago in Tokyo. Moments ago at National Stadium, Lalonde ran 9:22.40 for 11th place in the exciting steeple final. The race showed the Canadian’s experience and patience as she sat in the mid-pack through seven and a half laps of the track, jumped over 28 barriers and navigated the water jumps with skill.

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The race was dominated by the Africans Peruth Chemutai, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and 2015 world champion Hyvin Kiyeng early on, but Courtney Frerichs of Team USA went to the front early and established a dominant lead, giving it up only in the final 300m, for a silver medal. (Frerichs also won silver at the 2017 world championships.) Meanwhile, her compatriot, Emma Coburn, was well back and had a fall that set her back even further; she was ultimately disqualified for a lane violation. It was Kiyeng’s third consecutive Olympic medal in this event.

Gold: Peruth Chemutai of Uganda in a PB of 9:01.45 (the first-ever Olympic medal for a Ugandan woman)

Silver: Courtney Frerichs of U.S.A. in a season’s best 9:04.79

Bronze: Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya in 9:05.39

DeBues-Stafford makes the 1,500m final

In the women’s 1,500m, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford ran a season’s best 3:58 in the very fast first heat, good enough for third place and an automatic qualifier into the final. Her sister, Lucia Stafford, lowered her personal best again, with a 1.5 second PB for 4:02.12 for sixth place in heat 2. She unfortunately just missed out on the fastest qualifier times to get her into the final. Lucia, who is only 22, had a fantastic showing in her first Olympic Games and will be one to watch in years to come. 

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Defending champion Faith Kipyegon had the fastest time, winning heat 1 in 3:56, with Sifan Hassan winning heat 2 in 4:00.23. (As the commentators mentioned, it appears Hassan can win any heat of any race, despite purposely starting at the rear.) With the top five from each heat advancing, the remaining two qualifiers both came from the first heat (Elle Purrier St. Pierre and Kristina Maki of Czech Republic). Cory McGee of the U.S. and Kenyan Winny Chebet both fell during heat 1 and will go home very disappointed.

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The full list of finalists:

  1. Faith Kipyegon
  2. Frewenyi Gebreezibeher
  3. Gabriela DeBues-Stafford
  4. Jessica Hull
  5. Nozomi Tanaka
  6. Laura Muir
  7. Elle Purrier St. Pierre
  8. Kristina Maki

Felix makes the women’s 200m final

American superstar Allyson Felix will see yet another 400m final after breaking 50 in the third heat of the semis for the first time this season. Seven others will advance, including Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica and non-automatic qualifier Quanera Hayes of Team USA. Canadian Kyra Constantine finished 15th; she did not advance to the final.

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