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Kenya’s Kipyegon clinches 1500m gold, Jamaica’s McLeod wins 110m hurdles

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Jamaica's Omar McLeod competes in the Men's 110m Hurdles Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016.  Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod competes in the Men’s 110m Hurdles Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016.<br />Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon won Olympic gold in the women’s 1500m final at Rio 2016, as Great Britain’s Laura Muir faded from third place to finish seventh.British record holder Muir, 23, looked to be in medal contention at the start of the final lap but dropped off the pace with about 200 metres remaining.

Kipyegon’s time of four minutes 08.92 seconds meant she finished ahead of Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba (4:10.27) and American Jennifer Simpson (4:10.53).GB’s Laura Weightman finished in 11th.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod won Olympic gold in the men’s 110m hurdles in Rio.The 22-year-old came in to the race as favourite and produced a strong performance to win in a time of 13.05 seconds.

Spain’s Orlando Ortega won silver in 13.17, with France’s Dimitri Bascou taking bronze in 13.24.Britons Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke both failed to reach the final, with the former describing his performance as “abysmal”.Pozzi struggled in his semi-final, clocking 13.67 before being disqualified.

The 24-year-old told BBC Sport: “Straight from the blocks I started hammering the first couple of hurdles.“I can’t put my finger on why, I just felt out of sorts.“It’s terrible viewing and I can only apologise.”Clarke, 26, finished sixth in his semi-final in 13.46 and said he would “probably have to get a proper job now.”


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