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Lalita Babar, Sudha Singh, Nirmala Sheoran Women's 3000m Steeplechase Heat - Athletics, Live Updates from Rio Olympics 2016

Lalita Babar has finished her heat, she finished fourth with the time of 9:19.76, a National Record. Lalita has a real chance of qualifying to the finals. Sudha Singh didn't qualify.
Updated: 13 August 2016 19:33 IST - Published: 13 August 2016 18:05 IST
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Nirmala Sheoran in the 400 m heat finished second last in her heat. Hence, she too hasn't been able to qualify.

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Lalita Babr has qualified, for sure. She has the best time among the rest of athletes, and actually if she was in the third heat, she would have finished first.

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Hats off to Etenesh Diro, her shoe came off during the race, she ran with bare feet to complete the race. She is the bearer flag bearer of what it means to be participating in the athletics.

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Sudha Singh, has finished ninth. She has failed to qualify.

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Lalita is still around the back, but Diro is doing insanely well, running without a shoe. All cameras on her.

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Lalita is still towards the back, she's not in the top 8 and is falling back.

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After the second lap, Sudha is towards the back of the group of athletes.

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They just completed the first lap, Sudha has still not made her move.

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....and her event has started.

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Sudha Singh's heat is about to start.

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Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya was the one who took over all the three front runners in the last lap to finish with a time of 9:17.55.

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She has a real chance of qualifying into the finals among the six next best qualifying times.

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Noo, Lalita Babar finishes a close fourth. SHE HAS BROKEN THE NATIONAL RECORD BY SEVEN SECONDS.

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Last Lap, Lalita Babr still in third.

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She's gone to third again, two laps to go.

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Remember the top three qualify.

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Lalita Babr has gone through the water well, but she has fallen behind to fourth.

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Lalita Babr is in the lead, she's looking good.

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Lalita Babr's heat has started.

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Sudha Singh was the previous Indian National record holder for 3000m Steeplechase, and her best time 9:26:55 in Shanghai was also in 2016. proving that both Indian athletes are in good form coming into the competition.

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Lalita Babr is the current Indian national record holder for 3000 m Steeplechase, and is currently the Asian Champion for the same. What is more encouraging is the fact that she hit her best time of 9:27.09 in Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in 2016.

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The qualifying rule for Heats for 3000m steeplechase is the first 3 in each Heat, and the next 6 with the fastest time qualify to the Finals.