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Rio Olympics 2016, Steeplechase: India's Lalita Babar in action at the women's 3000m steeplechase finals

Lalita Babar finishes in 10th with a 9:22.74 time. An unbelievable performance from the 27-year-old who was, reportedly, suffering from some pain in the knee.
Updated: 15 August 2016 20:03 IST - Published: 15 August 2016 19:25 IST
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Lalita Babar finishes 10th in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:22.74. Her heat time was faster - 9:19.76.

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Lalita Babar finishes in 10th with a 9:22.74 time. An unbelievable performance from the 27-year-old who was, reportedly, suffering from some pain in the knee. 

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Lalita Babar finishes around the 9:26 mark! 

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Jebet finishes first with a 8.59.77! 

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Jebet coming in towards the last 100m of the race! 

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FINAL LAP! Babar way behind the front three. 

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2 laps to go! Time's running out for Lalita Babar as Jebet continues to demolish everyone else. 

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We've completed 2000m. 

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Jebet is opening up a massive lead ahead of everyone else. Lalita Babar has put in a dream three laps to ensure she closes the gap and reaches the leader. 

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4 laps to go here in Rio. There's a bit of a gap between Lalita Babar and the leader, Ruth Jebet. 

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She's slowing climbing positions here but needs to maintain this consistency throughout the race. 

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Britain's Coburn is currently in the lead as Lalita has made up a lot of ground and is not in the middle of the pack. 

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Lalita Babar is currently at the back of the pack; an inconsequential event at this point of time. 

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And we're off! Properly this time! 

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They're called back to the line. 

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FAULT START! 

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And we're off! 

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The athletes are out on the track now. 

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Ruth Jebet of Bahrain recorded the fast time in the first round with a 9:12.62 - 7.14 seconds ahead of Lalita Babar. 

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Lalita finished seventh overall in the heats destroying the Indian national record by more than 7 seconds.

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Lalita Babar became the country’s first female athlete after PT Usha to qualify for an athletics event in the Olympics. 

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UPDATE: A source close to Lalita said, “She was okay after the run, but post her recovery period we realised that she has sustained a knee injury. During training the next day, she complained of cramps and pain in the knee and her timing was a bit slower than usual. We hope it doesn’t act up during the final. If it does, we can’t help it these things happen in sport. But, Lalita is a fighter and she will fight through it till the last moment.”

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Her fellow countrywomen - Sudha Singh - didn't have the greatest of days as she failed to qualify for the final, finishing 9th with a time of 9:43.29.

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She finished 7th with a timing of 9:19.76 in her heats and hence made it to the finals. 

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Lalita Babar is now in the final of the 3000m steeplechase event.