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RIO: Steeplechaser runs half a mile after losing shoe

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Etenesh Diro runs with one shoe. Photo: NBCOlympics.com Etenesh Diro runs with one shoe. Photo: NBCOlympics.com
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Click here to watch Diro's incredible run

Etenesh Diro will get a chance to race in the final of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, and this time she'll be hoping to finish in two shoes.
    
Diro was involved in a tangle in the pack and lost her right shoe during the third heat in qualifying. After several furtive attempts to put her shoe back on, she threw it onto the field and took a few steps before ripping off her right sock, too.
    
She caught up some of the runners but was still outside the automatic qualifiers when she crossed the finish line and fell to the track in tears, holding her bare foot, as thousands of fans at the Olympic Stadium cheered.
    
Protests were filed by the Ethiopian, Irish and Jamaican teams following the race and, after reviewing the video, the Jury of Appeal advanced Diro, Sara Louise Treacy of Ireland and Aisha Praught of Jamaica to the final.
    
Diro placed fifth in the London Games four years ago.

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