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Eritrea takes silver in the 3000 m steeplechase

Eritrea takes silver in the 3000 m steeplechase

Eritrean Yemane Haileselassie came second in the 3000 m steeplechase. Amos Kirui took gold, keeping Kenya’s perfect U20 World Championships streak in the 3000m Steeplechase alive for the 15th consecutive edition, but his victory didn’t come until after one of the week’s most ferociously entertaining contests on the track.

Kenyans Vincent Kipyegon Ruto and Amos Kirui controlled the pace for most of the race. With three laps remaining, was essentially a four-man race for the medals, with Eritrean Yemane Haileselassie and Ethiopian Getnet Wale joining the Kenyan pair in the hunt.

Coming off the barrier on the penultimate lap Wale slipped and tumbled as he tried to leave the water pit, seemingly tripping his way out of contention.

While he recovered, Haileselassie moved past him and into third, off on a solo chase of the Kenyan duo.

But Wale wasn’t finished. He quickly made up ground, fighting his way back into contact with the leaders as they approached the last bend for the final time. Momentum appeared to be on his side as they approached the water jump where Wale, fell once again in nearly the identical spot.

Kirui  sprinted unchallenged to win in 8:20.43. Haileselassie who in the last lap lost connection to the leading group, seeming to have lost his chances for a medal made a heroic comeback, surpassing Wale and Ruto to take the Silver, clocking 8:22.67.

“I expected to fight for a medal here,” said Yemane Haileselassie after the race. “It was a close finish, but I know I should never give up.”

Eritrean Zerom Berakai came 13th in the race.

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This entry was posted on July 25, 2016 by in Athletics.
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