The men’s 3,000m steeplechase final has been the toughest to call of any of the finishes in the World Championships thus far. The race was a battle between Conseslsus Kipruto of Kenya, Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia, Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco and Getnet Wale of Ethiopia. In the end, it was reigning World Champion Kipruto who took the title once more over Girma. They were seperated by 0.01s.
This is an incredible angle of Conseslus Kipruto edging Lamecha Girma by .01 in the 3000m steeplechase. pic.twitter.com/EgJfHaqtTd
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) October 4, 2019
Kipruto finished in 8:01.35 which is a world lead, second place went to Girma in 8:01.36 and third to El Bakkali in 8:03.76. Canadian Matt Hughes finished 14th in the final in 8:24.78.
In contrast, Monday’s women’s steeplechase was not a close call. Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya ran away from the field to win the World Championships and set a new championship record of 8:57.84. The Kenyan runner, who’s the world record-holder in the event (at 8:44), lost to American Emma Coburn (who finished second Monday) at the 2017 championships.
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Rowan: Around about the time of this picture, this little girl tearfully told her mama "I just want to be the best in the world at something." Many years later, and many miles away, she's going to be on the startline of a world final doing her best to make young Gabriela proud. Tune into the CBC livestream on Saturday at 1:55PM EST.
Up next for the Canadians are Evan Dunfee in the men’s 20K race walk this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford in the women’s 1,500m final on Saturday at 1:55 p.m. EDT, Andrea Seccafien in the women’s 5,000m final at 2:25 p.m. EDT on Saturday and finally the men’s marathon which goes at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
Full schedule can be found here.