Eugene, Ore. ( Associated Press) — Nora Jaruto found a fun way to celebrate her victory at the end of a blazingly hot day at the World Championships in Athletics.
a pool party. And everyone was invited to take a dip.
The Kenya-born athlete, who recently began representing Kazakhstan, went down the back lanes and straight into the water pit, the steeplechase’s signature handicap, after her win on Wednesday.
A moment later, he was joined by his Ethiopian rivals Verkuha Getachev, who took silver, and Mekides Abebe, who took bronze. The legend, the mascot of the World Cup, was also not far behind and was getting wet.
Jaruto finished with a World Cup record of 8 minutes 53.02 seconds. He defeated Getachev by 1.59 seconds.
“The weather conditions were good. I enjoyed my race today,” said Jaruto. “In the beginning, I was afraid of my Ethiopian friends. They are champions like me, so I was afraid of them. I tried my best to win the race. of. It was not easy. It was much more difficult.”
It was more complicated for Emma Coburn, a two-time world medalist in the event. She eventually collapsed and finished eighth.
“Disappointed,” said the American. “I tried but I couldn’t.”
The thermometer at Hayward Field reached 33 °C. To cool down, many athletes cool themselves down before competing. Others wore dark glasses during the race or applied hot compresses at the end.
Jaruto’s solution was better. At least it caused mass laughter among the masses.
The steeplechase—along with the 3,000m hurdles—was one of two events that awarded medals on a night when the stand looked half empty. In discus throw, China’s Fang Bin defeated silver medalist Sandra Perkovic of Croatia and bronze medalist Olympic champion Valerie Allman to a surprise victory.
Fang won with his first shot.
“It’s a really bitter thing,” said Allman of the United States. I didn’t get that great release. But it’s good to go with a medal.”