Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia follwed Zaripova, and the pack of Kenyans and ran a national record of 9:11.97.
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.
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 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!
GGhribi, Zaripova, 2011 WC steeplechase, silver, gold, photo by PhotoRun.net