Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase competition got underway under a sweltering Tokyo heat on Sunday, with Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng the heavy favourite to win the gold in the final on Wednesday.
While temperatures on the track reached the upper 30s Celsius, Kiyeng, the 2015 world champion and the silver medalist in Rio five years ago, won her heat with a controlled race, with a time of 9:23.17. She will be looking for a gold this time around.
3000m Steeplechase Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Beatrice Chepkoech, who in 2018 set a new world mark of 8 minutes, 44 seconds, in Monaco, is also a Kenyan and will compete in the final with her.
On Sunday at the Olympic Stadium, Chepkoech didn’t go out too fast to save energy, but still managed to rank third in her heat with a time of 9 minutes and 19.82 seconds. This put her in the medal round.
In the aftermath, she said, “I am feeling okay, even though I have a minor problem,” but did not elaborate.
Emma Coburn, who finished third in her heat with a time of 9 minutes, 16.91 seconds, will join the 2017 world silver medalist in her pursuit of medals.
Mekides Abebe, 20, of Ethiopia, won gold at the African Games and qualified third in her heat with the year’s second-fastest time (9:02.52).
There will be a final on Wednesday for the fastest six finishers from each heat.
The Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final Results
On Monday at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the men’s 3000m steeplechase final results were as follows:
- In Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, the time of 8 minutes, 8.90 seconds placed him first.
- Number two: Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma, who ran a time of 8 minutes and 10.38 seconds.
- The third place finisher is the Kenyan, Benjamin Kigen, who ran an 8:11.45.
- 8:14.97 by Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale.
- Yemane Haileselassie (Eritrea) 8:15:34
- Canadian Matthew Hughes comes in sixth at 8:16.03
- Japan’s Ryuji Miura (in 8:16.90)
- Finland’s Topi Raitanen, 8:17.44 SB
- Italy’s Ala Zoghlami (8:18.50)
- Abraham Kibiwot of Kenya, 8 minutes, 19.41 seconds.
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