Sara Treacy finishes 17th in steeplechase final

Sara Treacy finishes 17th in steeplechase final

Sara Treacy has finished 17th for Ireland in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final at the Rio Olympics, writes Will Downing in Rio.

Treacy, who was advanced to the final after a fall last on in her semi-final where she was one of three runners taken out, took up a position at the back of the field early on, and while the first couple of laps were tightly bunched, the Irish athlete couldn’t force her way into the top group.

She came home in 17th, in 9 minutes 52.70 seconds.

Ruth Jebet, now running for Bahrain, took the honours in 8:59.75, a new Asian record that was just outside the world record of Gulnara Galkina’s set at the 2008 Olympics.

Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya was second in 9:07.12 with Emma Coburn of the USA third in a North American and USA record of 9:07.63.

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