Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
India’s Lalita Babar finished at an impressive 10th place in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final as the African runners dominated the event from the start at the Olympic Stadium in Rio De Janeiro. Babar had created history when she became the first ever Indian since PT Usha in 1984 to qualify for the final round of any track and field event at the Olympic Games.
The runner finished with a timing of 9:22.74 which saw her finish ahead of eight other athletes. The Indian started the event slowly among the 18 athletes who took part in the final.
She managed to run at a consistent pace with the runners who were left behind by the African and American runners at the start. It was a race that was dominated by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet as she won the event by over 8 seconds and also had the second fastest finish in the history of the event.
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