Sudha Singh sets record at IAAF Diamond League

Sudha Singh, the 2010 Asian Games gold medallist in 3,000m steeplechase, created a new Indian record as she finished 8th in her pet event at the prestigious IAAF Diamond League race here on Saturday.

Sudha clocked 9:26.55 to surpass the existing record of 9:27.09 which was set by Lalita Shivaji Babar at the 2016 Federation Cup.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

Sudha Singh, the 2010 Asian Games gold medallist in 3,000m steeplechase, created a new Indian record as she finished 8th in her pet event at the prestigious IAAF Diamond League race here on Saturday. Sudha clocked 9:26.55 to surpass the existing record of 9:27.09 which was set by Lalita Shivaji Babar at the 2016 Federation Cup.

Babar, who is world number one in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, clocked 9:43.30 to finish 13th. Both Sudha and Lalita have already qualified for both 3,000m steeplechase and marathon for the upcoming Rio Olympics Games.

Meanwhile, Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya created the new meet record and world leading timing of 9:07.42 to finish first in the event. She bettered the previous meet record of 9:15.81 set by compatriot Milcah Chemos in 2012.

Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet clinched the silver medal by clocking 9:15.98, creating the new Asian record followed by the Sofia Assefa from Ethiopia who clocked 9:21.07 for the bronze medal in the event.

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