Ethiopia's Abersh Minsewo seals victory with a kiss, kenyan Emmaculate Chepkirui wins silver


Kenyans love their distance running, and so the women's 3000m final on Wednesday night was a race we badly wanted to win. With 100m to run, it looked like we were about to be granted our wish if only our leading lady Emmaculate Chepkirui had could hold onto the lead. Unfortunately she had company, unwanted company, in the form of Ethiopia's Abersh Minsewo, who drew alongside in a party-pooping manner of police showing up to a 21st birthday party. Arrested by fatigue, Chepkirui could offer nothing in response over the final metres, and the Ethiopian lady forged her way past for a memorable victory in 9:24.62, just 0.07 ahead of Chepkirui. Afterwards she knelt to kiss the track, a loving thank you for her finest hour.

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