Hyvin Jepkemoi Kiyeng was made to work hard to get her Olympic 3000m Steeplechase silver medal when she ran a 9:07.12 to win, less than half a second ahead of American 9:07.63 Emma Coburn. Running in a very quick race, the Kenyan runner was nearly beaten at the end, but hang on to win a second silver medal for Kenya by a female runner. Her compatriot, Beatrice Chepkoech, finished fourth after the Coburn powered past her in the final 400m of the race, finishing in 9:16.05.
The headlines were dominated, however, by Kenyan-born Bahrain runner Ruth Jebet. The 19 year old ran the fastest time over the distance this year, and built up a near 60m lead to finish in 8:59.77, about a second slower than the Olympic record. With less two laps to go, Jebet was already assured of a win, having raced well clear of the rest of the field.
The diminutive figure raced past everyone, and after the race Kiyeng admitted the pace was impossible for them to keep up with, especially in Rio’s hot and humid conditions. However, she was grateful for getting her first Olympic medal in her first appearance at the games. The other Kenyan, Lydia Rotich, came a distant thirteenth in 9:34.20.
Congratulations, Ms. Kiyeng.