Coburn, Frerichs complete shock USA one-two in steeplechase
12 August, 2017, 23:35 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
The winning time also turns out to be the personal best for Coburn, whose previous career mark was 9:07.63 set last summer at Rio Olympics.
Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands won in 22.05, followed by Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou in 22.08.
The 200m was the standout event on tonight's programme but it was the longer and less heralded event that will be the talking point from day eight of these Championships. But Coburn launched herself over the final water jump in a daring move that led to her surging down the final straight to win in a championship record time of 9 minutes 2.58 seconds. This time, the US runners came out on top, while Jepkemoi took bronze and Chepkoech finished fourth.
The race began in farcical fashion as Chepkoech demonstrated an incredible lapse of memory and did something rarely seen at this level. But going into the final lap, Jebet faded and was overtaken by the Americans and Kenyans Hyvin Jepkemoi and Beatrice Chepkoech. Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn and fellow Olympian Courtney Frerichs changed that with a 1-2 finish to capture gold and silver in the world championship final at London's Olympic stadium.
When it came to crunch time, however, the Kenyan-born athlete slowed and was dropped by the leaders.
They had a good race.
"My coach [Jerry Schumacher] had told me to just go for it", Frerichs said. "I kept thinking to myself, 'Did this just really happen?"'
"It is pretty awesome to get a Championship record". I didn't expect a medal at halfway.
The 200m was unable to provide the drama of the preceding 3,000m steeplechase but still proved to be an absorbing battle. She ran an awesome race to get the championship record.
African runners had claimed gold and silver in the women's steeplechase at each of the past three world championships.
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.
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