Ruth Jebet

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 16 (IANS) Bahrain teenager Ruth Jebet clinched the gold medal in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase, narrowly missing the world record.

The 19-year-old clocked eight minutes 59.75 seconds on Monday to fall just 0.94 seconds short of the record set by Russian Gulnara Galkina in 2008, reports Xinhua news agency.

Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi took silver in nine minutes 07.12 and Emma Coburn of the US claimed bronze in 9:07.63.

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

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