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Ninth spot in 3000m for SA’s Scott at World Indoors

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By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s IAAF World Indoor Championships campaign swung into action on Thursday as Dominique Scott ended ninth in the 3000-metre event.

United States-based Scott has been breaking indoor records in style lately and will probably feel disappointed at her time of 8min 59.93sec.

That put her more than 14 seconds behind winner Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia (who defended her title with a win in 8:45.05) and even further off her personal best 8:41.18.

Still, it was another invaluable bit of racing at the highest level for the Rio Olympian (10,000m) who had little time to dwell on any disappointment as she has the 1500m heats on Friday.

Silver medallist was the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan in 8:45.68 and Britain’s up and coming Laura Muir (8:45.78) both of them running season’s bests.

Dibaba has now won three successive world indoor 3000m titles and her finishing efforts were impressive with a last kilometre run in 2:37.43 and the final 200m lap in 29.44sec.

Youngster Konstanze Klosterhalfen of Germany made all the early running, going through the 1000m mark in 3:14.67 and 2000m in 6:07.62 before Dibaba took over in the final third of the race.

Friday evening sees Scott going off in the second of three 1500m heats (9.50pm SA time). First two in each heat and three next fastest go through to the final and Scott certainly has an good chance of going through.

Her personal (and season’s) best of 4:07.25 is third fastest in the heat behind Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech (4:02.21) and Sweden’s Meraf Bahta (4:04.89).

Also on Friday, Carina Horn lines up for the women’s 60m heats and she’s in the third of six heats (12.49pm).

Her 7.09 SA indoor record, set recently, is joint fastest in the field with Dutch powerhouse Dafne Schippers.

Highlight of the day though should be the men’s long jump final at 9.35pm SA time with no fewer than three South African jumpers in action.

World outdoor champion Luvo Manyonga leads the charge and his 8.40 African indoor record of 8.40m is furthest in the field this year.

Olympic champion Jarrion Lawson is next best with an 8.38 this year while Ruswahl Samaai and Khotso Mokoena both bring personal bests of 8.18 to the party.

Picture of Scott in action early on in the 3000m final courtesy of Steve Feeney/Action Plus via Getty Images


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