Ruth Jebet Won Bahrain’s First Ever Olympic Gold Medal

Teenager Ruth Jebet won Bahrain’s first ever Olympic gold medal, blowing away the competition in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase but narrowly missing out on the world record. The 19-year-old stormed into the lead after a few laps and set a blistering pace to win in eight minutes 59.75 seconds, shy of the 8 minutes 58.81 second world record set by Russia’s Gulnara Galkina at the 2008 Beijing games. Galkina and Kenyan-born Jebet are the only two women to have run a sub-nine minute time. Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi was almost 50 metres behind in second place.

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