Best race: World Championships, Beijing 2015
EMMA COBURN, who was to have better luck in London 2017, took the lead after 2000m was reached in a slow 6:22.27 but as she passed the bell in 8:12.85 there were six athletes seemingly ready to pounce.
Olympic champion Habiba Ghribi went ahead on the last lap but the Moroccan was unable to break away and five were together at the last water jump. Into the straight it looked as if European under-23 champion Gesa-Felicitas Krause might be on her way to victory as she took the last barrier with a narrow lead but both Ghribi and Hyvin Jepkemoi edged past in an exciting finish, as a metre covered the medallists with gold going to the Kenyan Jepkemoi.
Result: 1 Hyvin Jepkemoi (KEN) 9:19.11; 2 Habiba Ghribi (TUN) 9:19.24; 3 Gesa-Felicitas Krause (GER) 9:19.25; 4 Sofia Assefa (ETH) 9:20.01; 5 Emma Coburn (USA) 9:21.78; 6 Hiwot Ayalew (ETH) 9:24.27; 7 Virginia Nyambura (KEN) 9:26.21; 8 Lalita Babar (IND) 9:29.64
Hyvin Jepkemoi: 2015 world winner