India, September 6, 2015: Indian athlete Lalita Babar has created a world record in the 3000m steeplechase event in a timing of 9:27:86 minutes at the 2015 World Athletics Championship ongoing in Beijing, China. The 26-year old Lalita has finished fourth in her heat and qualified for the finals. The heat was topped by Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia who cracked it in 9:24:38 minutes.
Lalita has now become the first Indian woman to qualify for a track event final in the elite competition. Long jumper Anju Bobby George was the first Indian woman to qualify for the World championship final in a field event. In the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Lalita had clocked 9:37.35 and bag the bronze medal. She has gained an Asian Games silver medal before. Lalita, belonging from Satara district of Maharashtra, has left an impact in the Indian Athletic history.
By: Vasudha Parashar, India