Uganda’s Peruth has completed her stay in the world athletics championship with an 11th position finish over the women’s 3000m steeplechase final at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, United states of America.

To finish eleventh, Chemutai crossed the finishing line 9 minutes 21.93 seconds, quite below the time she posted in the heats. The race that was won by Kenyan-turned Kazakhstan Norah Jeruto who posted a championship record of 8.53.02 while Ethiopia’s Werkuha Getachew cane second in 8.45.61

The 23- year old started the race with good energies, clearing the barriers and kept herself in the leading pack, first five in particular for close to four laps, but she lost the momentum and started fading in the fifth lap and lost the leading pack.

The race remained tight between Kenyan turned Kazakhstan Norah Jeruto and Ethiopia’s Werkuha Getachew until the last 100m when Jeruto set a two seconds difference and complete the race as the winner.

Despite having an average start in the semifinal heats where she finished fifth, the Olympic gold medalist Chemutai was one of the favorites for a podium finish curtesy of the history she was carrying from Tokyo.

Chemutai 23, entered the battle to write her history as Uganda’s third female world champion after her compatriot Halima Nakaayi and Dorcus Inzikuru, but a tough competition over the distance did not let her live the dream.

After failing to impress in world championships, the Olympic gold winner will now turn her focus to making amends in the forthcoming commonwealth games that will come in a two weeks’ time in Birmingham.

Meanwhile, before her race, long distances runner, Esther Chebet also completed her stay at the world championships after finishing thirteenth over the women’s 5000m semi-final heats and failed to progress to the finals of the race.

Chebet crossed the finishing line 15 minutes and 26.40 seconds. The race was scooped by Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey in 14.52. 27.

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