Coburn leads unlikely U.S. 1-2 in steeplechase

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Emma Coburn led an unlikely 1-2 finish for the United States in the steeplechase at the world championships Friday.

Courtney Frerichs took silver, and defending champion Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya earned bronze.

Coburn took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to finish in a championship record of 9 minutes, 2.58 seconds.

"Oh my goodness, what a race to be part of," Coburn said. "I never expected to win in that time, but I kept pressing. It is pretty amazing to get a championship record."

Frerichs was 1.19 seconds behind, holding off Jepkemoi in a sprint finish.

"I would never have believed this could happen," Frerichs said.

Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya, the third-best performer this year, was running in the lead at the start when she missed the turn for the water jump on the inside of the track and had to go back. She made a strong comeback but faded in the final lap.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands successfully defended her 200-meter title, dipping at the line just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou.


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