Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai outstripped the field to win the women’s Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Ugandan timed 9min 01.45sec at the Olympic Stadium, outsprinting American Courtney Frerichs with 250 metres to go to win comfortably.
Frerichs claimed silver in 9:04.79 with Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng taking bronze (9:05.39).
“After my fifth place at the world championships in Doha, I knew a medal would be possible if I run a good race,” said Chemutai.
Chemutai’s victory came just minutes after her Ugandan counterpart Winnie Nanyondo qualified for 1500m women’s finals in the olympics when she finished in the fourth position.