Steeplechase queen grabs 7th gold for Russia
It was the first time this event has appeared at the Olympics and Russia were clear favourites. Galkina-Samitova, Volkova and Tatiana Petrova were current world record holder, world champion and runner-up respectively.
Petrova finished fourth, with Kenyan Eunice Jepkorir taking the silver medal.
Galkina-Samitova’s triumph is Russia’s seventh gold at these games. Breaking her own world record comes as a welcome boost before her next race in the 5,000 metres.