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2012 London Olympics: Bridget Franek Finishes 14th, Yuliya Zaripova Wins Gold In Women's Steeplechase

On Monday, Yuliya Zaripova won the gold medal for Russia in the Women's Final in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Zaripova finished with a final time of 9:06.72, which is the fourth fastest time in the history of the event. The 26-year old jumped out to an early lead and finished well before the rest of the field.

After Zaripova, Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia earned the silver medal with a finish of 9:08.37 and Sofia Assefa earned the bronze with a finish of 9:09.84.

Ohio-native Bridget Franek represented the United States in the event and finished with a time of 9:45.51, which placed her 14th amongst the field. Franek finished ahead of only Gulnara Galkina of Russia, who failed to finish the race due to injury.

Be sure to stay right here with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at the Summer Games. Also head over to SB Nation's Olympic hub for more coverage from London.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.