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Mary Cain wins gold in 3,000 meters at World Junior Championships

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U.S. middle distance runner Mary Cain won gold in the 3,000-meter race at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday.

Cain took first with a personal-best time of 8:58.48, two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Lilian Rengeruk of Kenya. It's the first world title in Cain's career, and she becomes the first American ever to win a medal at a distance longer than 800 meters at the Juniors.

The 18-year-old has already turned professional, running for Nike Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar. She previously competed in the World Championships in Moscow last summer.

According to RunnersWorld.com, Cain will next compete at the Stockholm and Zurich Diamond League meets in late August, at senior level. She will begin attending the University of Portland this fall.

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