Emma Coburn takes steeplechase gold in thrilling final

Emma Coburn takes steeplechase gold in thrilling final

Coburn, who lives in Boulder, led a stunning one-two sweep for the Americans.

Frerichs entered the world championships with a personal-best time of 9:19.09; she ran a blistering 9:03.77 Friday.

The winning time of 9 minutes, 2.58 seconds for Coburn set an American record and a world championships record, and it represents the United States' first gold medal in the steeple since 1952.

Coburn, 26, ran the race in 9:02.58, shaving 5 seconds off of her own American record.

There was no doubt that Coburn was a potential medal contender heading into the final, though both her and Frerichs remained calm and composed throughout to secure a surprising American 1-2 in London.

The two Americans outran two Kenyans to the finish line Friday and ended up 1-2 in the steeplechase at world championships for the latest improbable - in this case, impossible? - triumphs for a stable of US long-distance runners who keep getting stronger.


Surprisingly, on the final lap it was world record holder Jebet who began to fall away first, and with Chepkoech falling behind at the water jump, it was here when Coburn made the decisive move.

"I have memories from 2015 and 2016 where I went too early for the last push, so I just had to keep trusting myself and be patient, and it looks like it paid off". I didn't expect a medal at halfway.

"I just expected the others to finish quickly, so I just kept pushing to make sure I got that gold that I wanted so much".

Miller-Uibo was 0.07 seconds adrift in third place, her bronze medal - her first over this distance at either the Olympic Games or World Championships - offering some consolation from a hard Championships.

Coburn's sister, who unfortunately wasn't able to attend the race, was just as excited, if not more, as you can see in this video. "My fiancee and coach, Joe [Bosshard], was telling me be really powerful in that last water jump". Jepkemoi would take the bronze with Chepkoech ultimately finishing in fourth. Just her compatriots Celliphine Chespol and Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi were faster this year.

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