Best race: World Cham­pi­onships, Bei­jing 2015

Athletics Weekly - - Statistics -

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

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