Courtney Frerichs, who was set to compete in the women’s 3000m steeple chase final in Tokyo, tweeted the night before the race that she was “excited, fit, and ready to toe the line against a tremendous field.”
She was prepared, as evidenced by her second-place performance and silver medal (9:04.79) at the Olympic Games.
Women 3000m Steeplechase Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai
The gold medalist, Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai, crossed the line in 9 minutes and 1.45 seconds to beat her. Bronze went to Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng, who finished in 9 minutes, 5.39 seconds.
With her silver medal, Frerichs became the second American athlete to ever medal in the steeplechase. Emma Coburn of the United States won bronze in Rio in 2016. She was the first American to win a medal in this competition.
Unfortunately for Coburn, this year’s race ended in disappointment when, on the penultimate lap, she fell over a water jump and was disqualified for violating a lane rule, preventing her from finishing in the top three.
Starting on Sunday, ladies in the 3,000-meter steeplechase began their quest for Olympic immortality under the sweltering Tokyo sun, where fan favourites like Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng were expected to breeze into the final on Wednesday.
Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai Earning Her Country’s First Gold Medal
Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai ran a time of 9 minutes, 1.45 seconds in the women’s 3000 metre steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, earning her country’s first gold medal in the sport.
Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya finished in third place with a time of 9 minutes and 5.39 seconds, just behind silver medalist Courtney Frerichs of the United States (9:04.79). Enditem
While the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase has been an Olympic staple since 1920, the event for women did not debut until 2008.
Before the 1932 Olympics, the steeplechase had been contested at distances ranging from 2,500 to 4,000 metres; however, an officiating error extended the distance in that year’s competition to 3,460 metres.
Kenya’s Conseslus set the current men’s Olympic record in 2016 with a time of 8 minutes and 3.28 seconds, and Russia’s Gulnara Samitova set the current women’s Olympic record in 2008 with a time of 8 minutes and 58.81 seconds. Thanks for reading our article Women 3000m Steeplechase Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.