USA’s Elle Purrier St. Pierre takes the silver in 8:42.04 while Hailu’s compatriot Ejigayehu Taye settles for the bronze medal in 8:42.23.
“We were cooperating together and competing at the same time,” said Lemlem Hailu of her teammates to the World Athletics flash quotes team.
“It helps us to achieve such performances. If I have the chance, I would like to say big thank you to my husband Jonas and my coach, who is here supporting me. This medal belongs to them.”
Canadian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford was a close fourth in 8:42.89, while Ethiopian middle-distance runner Dawit Seyaum finished fifth in 8:44.55.
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