European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause made it into the final of the Tokyo Olympic Games over 3000 m obstacle without any problems. Two days before her 29th birthday, Krause came in second in her preliminary run and thus surely reached the decision on Wednesday (1:00 p.m. CEST).
At 38 degrees in the morning, Krause crossed the finish line in 9: 19.62 minutes behind former vice world champion Courtney Frerichs from the USA (9: 19.34) and ahead of Kenya’s world champion Beatrice Chepkoech (9: 19.62) a strong impression.
“I didn’t really want to tremble. The nice thing is, I already have sprinting qualities and was able to solve that at the back,” said the 28-year-old from the Trier New Year’s Eve club.
Krause had only arrived from Switzerland the day before yesterday and has only been living in the Olympic village since yesterday. “You always have a bit of jet lag,” she said about the late arrival. “It had more advantages for me to come directly from Germany. I don’t think so much about adapting to heat because it tends to make you tired. You may find it more pleasant, but the big question is whether the body can really adapt to it. “
The two-time World Cup third Krause finished sixth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio with a German record (9: 18.41). In the meantime, she has set the national record to 9: 03.30 minutes.
Eliminated in Tokyo were the former German champion Elena Burkard in sixth of her preliminary run (9: 30.64) and the German runner-up Lea Meyer in seventh (9: 33.00). The fastest of the heats was Winfred Yavi from Bahrain (9: 10.80).
Her compatriot Ruth Jebet, who won gold in Rio in 2016, is suspended for doping.
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