Rio Olympics 2016: Ruth Jebet wins 3,000m steeplechase

Bahrain's Ruth Jebet won the women's Olympic 3,000m steeplechase gold in the second-quickest time in history.

Jebet, 19, posted a time of eight minutes 59.75 seconds, narrowly outside of Russian Gulnara Samitova-Galkina's world record of 08:58.16.

Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi took silver, while Emma Coburn of the USA won bronze by just 0.59secs.

Kenya-born Jebet's gold is Bahrain's first of the Games, and their second medal in total.

Jebet opted to represent Bahrain when she was 16 years old.

She said: "Today it was too hot for the athletes, it was not easy to run a good time but I tried my best and the track is good.

"It's the first gold medal for Bahrain. They saw how I ran in the Diamond League and how I did there, and they told me when I was coming that 'we're sure of you, you're going to have a medal'."

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