World Championships: Chemutai Struggles In 3000mSC Final

Results

  1. Gold: Norah Jeruto (Kazakhstan) – 8:53.02 CR
  2. Silver: Werkuha Getachew (Ethiopia) – 8:54.61 NR
  3. Bronze: Mekides Abebe (Ethiopia) – 8:56.08 PB

Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai failed to land Uganda a medal in the 3000m Steeplechase at the ongoing 2022 World Athletics Championships.

The Ugandan athlete came 11th in a time of 9:21.93 at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (US).

Kenyan-born Kazakhstan athlete Norah Jeruto took gold in a Championship Record time of 8:53.02 while Ethiopian duo of Werkuha Getachew and Mekides Abebe settled for Silver and Bronze in that order.

The other Kenyan-born athlete Winfred Yavi finished fourth, just outside the medal bracket, and she will feel hard done by her poor jump on the last water obstacle.

In what proved to be a quick race, Getachew set a National Record while Bronze winner Abebe ran her personal best time.

Luiza Gega of Albania and Aimee Pratt of Great Britain both set new National Records.

Kenya, who has dominated this event previously, had one athlete in the final – Celliphine Chespol who came third last in a time of 9:27.34.

Chemutai had kept herself in the medal positions (3rd) for the first 1500m when she started to struggle clearing the barriers.

And she lacked that sharpness that saw her win gold in Tokyo in a time of 9:01.45. And she will now hope to make amends at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Earlier on in the 5000m heats, Uganda’s Esther Chebet ran a 15:26.40 race to finish 13th and fail to qualify to the final.

Joshua Cheptegei return on Friday morning for the 5000m heats, and he will be in good company of Oscar Chelimo and Peter Malu in the heats.

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