Chemos Gets Steeple Gold
Kenya’s Milcah Chemos, who won the bronze medal at these championships in 2009 and 2011, finally moved up to the top step of the medal stand. In a race which immediately became a team competition between Ethiopia and Kenya, Chemos led most of the race to win in 9:11.65, a world-leading time.
“From the second kilometer I knew that no one was going to go with me during the last lap,” said the tiny athlete who hurdles barriers with her feet together and to the side. “I’m feeling so good to win my first world title.”
Second went to her teammate, Lydia Chepkurui, in 9:12.55, a personal best, while Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa made a valiant second effort to get bronze after falling over a barrier late in the race. On the final lap, Assefa caught her teammate Hiwot Ayalew at the water jump, passed her, and sprinted home for the bronze in 9:12.84.
“I am very happy with the medal, it is my first medal at the World Championships,” she told IAAF interviewers.