Jamaica’s Aisha Praught-Leer failed to move beyond the preliminary round of the women’s 1,500 metres at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday (Oct 2).
With six athletes in each of the three heats automatically moving into the next phase of the event, Praught-Leer finished seventh in Heat Two, which was the slowest. That eliminated Praught-Leer.
Paught-Leer, with the pace being slow throughout, stayed with the leading pack, but got boxed in on the inside towards the end and could not find the strength to keep up with the others in the sprint for the finish line.
Praught-Leer, who ran the 1,500 metres instead of her speciality the steeplechase, clocked 4:04.95 minutes. The race was won by Morocco’s Rababe Arafi, who clocked 4:08.31 minutes, second went to Winny Chebet of Kenya in 4:08.36 and third to Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia in 4:08.39.