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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Volkova Smashes Steeple Record

APVolkova, front right, splashing past the water jump on her way to the gold on Monday at the championships in Osaka.
OSAKA, Japan -- Russia's Yekaterina Volkova stormed to the world title in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase Monday, going one better than in 2005.

Already waving to the crowds with 80 meters to go, Volkova looked up at the giant stadium screen and punched the air in delight as she came down the final stretch to clock a world championship record of nine minutes 6.57 seconds, with fellow Russian Tatyana Petrova taking silver in 9:09.19.

"I knew 600 meters before the finish that I'd win," Volkova said. "This victory is for my 3-year-old son, Daniel. He's already trying to call me now for sure."

It could have ended in embarrassment for Volkova, who almost fell after catching the curb entering the final straight while gazing up at the screen.

But Volkova stayed on her feet and had words of comfort for Olympic champion Gulnara Samitova-Galkina, who trailed home in seventh in 9:30.24 -- way outside her world record of 9:01.59.

"To think about world records is something for Gulnara," Volkova said, smiling. "Actually, this was supposed to be her race today. I qualified also for the 5,000 meters, but now I'm not sure I will run. It would be too much."

Kenyan Eunice Jepkorir, who had won five of her previous six steeplechases this year, settled for the bronze after fading over the second half of the race. Uganda's 2005 gold medallist, Dorcus Inzikuru, did not travel to the world championships because she is pregnant.