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Australian steeplechase record for LaCaze

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016 By John Salvado

Genevieve LaCaze has carried her stellar Olympic form into the Paris Diamond League meet, smashing the Australian record in the fastest women's 3000m steeplechase of all-time.

Kenyan-born Olympic champion Ruth Jebet from Bahrain stripped more than six seconds off the world record with a winning time of eight minutes 52.78 seconds.

LaCaze took advantage of the cracking pace to finish sixth in 9:14.28.

The 27-year-old was more than four seconds inside the previous national record of 9:18.35, set by Donna MacFarlane in 2008, as she recorded her 15th personal best time of the year.

"I set this (record) time as my background on my phone the other week because I knew I had it in me but to come out and break it by four seconds is incredible," said LaCaze.

"Every race pretty much has been a step forward this year.

"This was my 15th PB which is so hard to believe but they have all been baby steps towards where I need to be.

"I was so happy with ninth at the Olympics but after tonight I am already hungry for a better position in the world.

"I have started writing my goals for 2017. There is so much more to achieve."

Not to be outdone, LaCaze's partner Ryan Gregson bettered his PB in the non-championship men's 3000m in Paris with a time of 7:44.90.

Earlier this month in Rio, Gregson became the first Australian man in 40 years to contest an Olympic 1500m final.

And to round off a superb evening in Paris for Nic Bideau's training group, Zoe Buckman improved her PB by finishing 11th in the women's 1500m in 4:03.22.

Rising sprint star Ella Nelson was fifth in the 200m in 22.82.

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