2011 World Champs/Daegu: Day 4, Session 2: Yuliya Zaripova of Russia Wins gold in Steeple, Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia takes silver and Milcah Cheywa of Kenya takes the bronze, by Larry Eder

Yulivay Zaripova of Russia left nothing to chance. Leading from the start, she lead at the first kilometer in 3:00.70, two kilometers, hit in 6:04.36 and sprinting to the finish, she took the gold in a world leading 9:07.03.

Zaripova_YuliyaQ-World11.JPGYuliya Zaripova, 2011 WC Steeplechase, gold medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia follwed Zaripova, and the pack of Kenyans and ran a national record of 9:11.97.

Zaripova_Yuliya-Worlds11.jpg Zaripova leads steeple final, 2011 WC steeplechase final, photo by PhotoRun.net

In third place, Milcah Chemos Cheywa, of Kenya, who had won all of the major events this year that she ran, ran behind Njorge for several laps and took the bronze, running 9:17.16.

Zaripova_Yuliya1-Worlds11.jpgZaripova leads, 2011 WC steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

In fourth place, Mercy Wanjiku Njorge of Kenya ran 9:17.88, without the benefit of two shoes-she lost one early on. In fifth place, Lydia Rotich of Kenya ran 9:25.74. In sixth place, Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa ran 9:28.24. In 13 th place, Emma Coburn of the US, finished in 9:51.40.

Zaripova_YuliyaLeds-WorChps11.jpg Zaripova leads, Ghribi, Njorge (w/o shoe), 2011 WC steeple final, photo by PhotoRun.net

Hats off to the Russian. Zaripova ran away from the field and was rewarded with the gold and the world leading mark in the steeplechase!

Habiba Ghribi, 2011 WC Steeplechase, photo by PhotoRun.net

Yuliya Zaripova won the race the only way she really could, by breaking the speed of her persuers, and making it the strongest women wins. This was a quite physical race. Notice Njorge, the fourth placer, lost a shoe early on in the race, and just toughed it out!

GGhribi-ZaripovaFL-Worlds11.jpgGhribi, Zaripova, 2011 WC steeplechase, silver, gold, photo by PhotoRun.net

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