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Emma Coburn Wins World Steeplechase Title With Kick At Final Water Jump

Emma Coburn Wins World Steeplechase Title With Kick At Final Water Jump
From Deadspin - August 11, 2017

Emma Coburn kicked at just the right time.

Coburn sped away from the pack at the final water jump, winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships today. Her time of 9:02.58 set American and championship records, and she is the first U.S. woman to win the event.

Its been a decent few days for American distance runners. Earlier this week, Evan Jager became the first American to medal in the event at the world championships when he took bronze. Only one man, an FBI agent named Horace Ashenfelter, has won a world title in the steeplechase (at the 1952 Olympics). Meanwhile, Amy Cragg took third in the marathon, and Jenny Simpson took second in the 1,500 meters.

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