Japan’s Nozomi Tanaka outsmarted both Ethiopia and Kenya to bag the second gold for Japan in 3000m women race at the ongoing World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Tanaka cut the tape in 8:54.01.
Ethiopian duo of Tsige Gebreselama and Meselu Berhe – the latter a replacement for last night’s 5000m bronze medallist Girmwat Gebregziabher – and Kenya’s Zenah Jemutai extricated themselves from the chasing pack with three-and-a-half laps remaining. While they picked up the pace markedly, the problem for the pursuers was Tanaka had kept plenty back in reserve for the closing stages.
Berhe and Gebreselama were indeed rewarded with personal bests of 8:56.39 and 8:59.20 respectively but a lack of international experience might have proved costly to the silver medallist.