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USA's Emma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs Pull Off Historic Steeplechase Gold, Silver

12 Août 2017

Emma Coburn became the first athlete to break a record at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships here as she led home an American one-two to emerge victorious in a weird and dramatic 3,000 metres steeplechase race.

Her time of 9:02.58 set American and championship records, and she is the first US woman to win the event.

Frerichs entered the world championships with a personal-best time of 9:19.09; she ran a blistering 9:03.77 Friday. Kenya's Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi took bronze in 9:04.03. She took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to claim the gold.

Miller-Uibo was well on course to add the world title to the Olympic crown she earned at Rio 2016 before an extraordinary breakdown just 20m from the line, where she stumbled after losing concentration, dashed her hopes of victory. Jebet faded to fifth place.

Last summer, Coburn earned bronze to become the first USA woman to medal in the steeplechase at the Olympics.

"I tried to stay at the front but they had too much over the last water jump. So that's what I was thinking". She covered 3,000 meters in a time of 9:02:58 in London at the IAAF World Championships. She just 24 years old, won an NCAA title in 2016 as a member of the New Mexico Lobos and the qualified for the Olympics, where she finished 11th in the final.

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"My coach (Jerry Schumacher) had told me to just go for it", Frerichs told NBC after the race.

It was here where Coburn seized her opportunity as she kicked on, completing the water jump easily before she found another boost in speed to clinch a superb triumph. "I did all I could to win that race but they were stronger", she said.

Darya Klishina of Russian Federation, competing as a neutral athlete because of her country's doping suspension, took silver with a jump of 7 meters (22-11½), and defending champion Tianna Bartoletta added an American medal with bronze.

In her post race interview, Coburn was "speechless", but managed to get a few words out. "I knew she was going to execute an awesome race and there was just such an extreme level of comfort".

Kenya are second with on three golds, a silver and a bronze.

USA's Emma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs Pull Off Historic Steeplechase Gold, Silver