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With clenched teeth she sprinted along the glistening Mall to finish in 2 hours, 23 minutes and seven seconds, an Olympic record, leaving Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya with silver. Russian former steeplechaser Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova was the surprise bronze medalist.

Kenya did collect its first gold in the track program when Ezekiel Kemboi won the 3,000-meter steeplechase Sunday night, eight years after winning at the Athens Olympics.

European champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France took silver and African champion Abel Mutai of Kenya took bronze.