Emma Coburn and her teammate Courtney Frerichs impressed on day 8 at the World Athletics Championships by claiming gold and silver in an exciting women's 3,000 metres steeplechase final.
With less than 200m left there was a tight pack of five runners battling for the podium. But Coburn, the Rio Olympic games medalist, kicked away from the field over the last 80m to cross the line first in a new American record and Championships record time of 9:02.58.
"Oh my goodness, what a race to be part of," she said. "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." Coburn said.
Meanwhile, Frerichs managed held off Kenya's Hyvin Yepkomei to claim silver in a new PB best of 9:03.77. The American runner shaved more than 16 seconds from her previous personal best time.
"I would never have believed this could happen. Maybe fifth or sixth, but silver? Wow, I am shocked. This is an absolute dream," Frerichs said.
World record holder and Olympic champion Ruth Chebet (BRN) finished miles behind in fifth place in 9:13.96.
Women's 3000m Steeplechse Final Results
1. Emma COBURN USA 9:02.58 CR
2. Courtney FRERICHS USA 9:03.77 PB
3. Hyvin Kiyeng JEPKEMOI KEN 9:04.03
4. Beatrice CHEPKOECH KEN 9:10.45
5. Ruth JEBET BRN 9:13.96
6. Celliphine Chepteek CHESPOL KEN 9:15.04
7. Etenesh DIRO ETH 9:22.46
8. Winfred Mutile YAVI BRN 9:22.67 PB
9. Gesa Felicitas KRAUSER GER 9:23.87
10. Purity Cherotich KIRUI KEN 9:25.62
11. Belén CASETTA ARG 9:25.99 AR
12. Genevieve LACAZES AUS 9:26.25 SB
13. Geneviève LALONDEN CAN 9:29.99 NR
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