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Result: Yuliya Zaripova takes 3,000m steeplechase gold

Result: Zaripova takes steeplechase gold
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Yuliya Zaripova wins gold for Russia in the final of the women's 3000m steeplechase.

Russia's Yuliya Zaripova claimed the Olympic gold medal from this evening's women's 3,000m steeplechase.

The 26-year-old was always in contention as she settled herself towards the front of the field during the opening exchanges of the race.

Then, having heard the bell, Zaripova made a move for the front and continued to move away from her rivals on her way to winning in 9:06.72, which was the third-quickest time ever over that distance.

Silver went to Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi, who set a national record time of 9:08.37.

Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa took the bronze medal.

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