Kenya's Jepkemoi wins women's 3,000m steeplechase

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Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi of Kenya stormed to victory in the women's 3,000m steeplechase at the world championships on Wednesday.

Her gold came after compatriot Julius Yego won Kenya's first world title in field events in history and took Kenya's gold medals haul to six overall standing.

Jepkemoi timed nine minutes 19.11 seconds for the gold while Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi clocked 9:19.24 for silver.

Germany's Gesa Felicitas Krause ran a personal best of 9:19.25 for bronze.

"I think this victory will change my life for sure. My first big achievement, very unexpected. I'm very surprised and delighted. It was a very tactical and slow race but I like the fast finish," said Jepkemoi, who finished sixth in Moscow 2013.

"I want to encourage all the young ladies in Kenya to run this event. It's difficult but very tactical and traditional. I think Kenya can achieve amny medals in the future," she added.

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