Russia’s Yuliya Zaripova, the London 2012 Olympic Games and reigning World champion in the women's 3000m Steeplechase, has sadly had to withdraw from the 2013 IAAF World Championships through injury.
Six of Russia’s nine reigning World champions will defend their titles in front of a home crowd at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow from 10-18 August.
The final day of Russian Championships in Moscow saw an outstanding women’s 1500m won by London 2012 Olympic Games 3000m Steeplechase winner Yulia Zaripova, who won her first national title at the distance in an impressive 4:02.56 on Thursday (25).
Statisticians Mirko Jalava (FIN) and A. Lennart Julin (SWE) continue their ‘End of Season’ event category reviews, which cover all Athletics disciplines, highlighting the best performances which have taken place across our sport in 2012, with LONG DISTANCE (including the steeplechase).
Yuliya Zaripova simply did not stop. After crossing the finish line in what was the greatest triumph of her life she continued running. Celebrating her gold medal in the 3000m Steeplechase the Russian produced probably the fastest victory lap of the London Olympic Games.
Russia has a proud middle distance tradition for women, especially in the 800 metres, and newly crowned World Steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova had hoped to join it.