Gesa-Felicitas Krause of Germany was overcome with emotion after earning a surprise bronze in the women’s 3000m steeplechase behind Kenyan winner HyvinKiengJepkemoi(9:19.11) and Tunisia’s silver medallistHabibaGhribi, who finished just one-hundredth of a second ahead of the German in 9:19.24.
“I think everybody knows that my bronze in our event is one of the most unexpected,” said Krause. “I was happy to get to the final at the Daegu and Moscow world championships as well as at London Olympics and I took a lot of experience from those races, but this final in Beijing was not easy to cover.
“When I look for the time at 2K mark, I thought that it was only the beginning of the race as we had very slow time and still kept the close group ready to sprint over the last lap. It was all about the last kilometer and all about the finish.
“More than 100mbefore the finish, I made some tactical movement and went in front of the race. Maybe, I did it too early but I felt it was the right moment to move. I lost nothing! I won the bronze medal with a PB and I am so proud to do it at such a high level event in a race full of great competitors.
“I came here as an unknown athlete but will leave Beijing as a world medallist. That is an achievement even didn’t dream about. I feel really overwhelmed.”
Jepkemoicommented: “I expected to win the gold medal here as I was highly prepared for this championship. I didn’t hear about the doping violation of the two Kenyan women before the race so I was not affected by that information. Moreover, this fact can not throw the shade for all Kenyans performing in Beijing.”
Ghribi added: “I came here to win the gold but I’m really happy I finished second and won the first medal for Tunisia in Beijing. I didn’t expect the so-slow race when nobody wanted to go in front and make the pace. That is why our last kilometer was extremely fast.”