Osaka:Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei led from start to finish to win the 800 meters at the world championships on Tuesday.
Jepkosgei won in 1 minute, 56.04 seconds, with Morocco's Hasna Benhassi getting silver in 1:56.99 and Spain's Mayte Martinez third in 1:57.62.
Maria Mutola of Mozambique was looking for her fourth world title but her first since 2003. The 2000 Olympic champion tripped up and stopped about 70 meters from the finish after her late challenge faded.
Defending champion Zulia Calatayud of Cuba was eliminated in the semifinals.