Teenager Jebet storms to women's steeplechase gold

19-year-old Ruth Jebet won the women’s 3,000m steeplechase and came close to breaking the world record in Rio.

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The teenager brought Bahrain their first ever Olympic gold medal on 15 August, blowing away the competition. Jebet stormed into the lead after a few laps and set a blistering pace to win in 8:59.75 seconds, shy of the 8:58.81 world record set by Russia's Gulnara Galkina at the 2008 Beijing Games.

"This is the second time that I missed the world record. I admit it was too easy for me but nobody told me about the record. I wanted the gold medal," Jebet said.

Galkina and Kenyan-born Jebet, who was the world junior champion, are the only two women to have run a sub-nine minute time. Kenya's Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi, who won the world title in Beijing last year, was almost 50 metres behind in second place.

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“I'm so happy," said Jepkemoi. "The last two laps were really hard. I just tried to stay strong and see if I could catch her.”

American Emma Coburn won United States' first ever medal in the steeplechase as she grabbed bronze and a new national record.

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"I feel very honoured to have that part of my story on being the first American to medal in the 3000m steeplechase. The last four or five laps were tough. I just kept on telling myself to keep on chipping away at the gap and once I got my position, all I wanted was to hold it. It wasn't until the last 400 or 600 metres when I realised that I had it and just couldn't lose it,” said Coburn.