Emma Coburn wins gold in steeplechase, sister goes wild watching

Emma Coburn wins gold, Courtney Frerichs grabs silver in women's steeplechase at world championships

There was another huge shock at the World Athletics Championships, with Emma Coburn upsetting the likes of Hyvin Jepkemoi and Ruth Jebet to take gold in the Women's 3000-meters steeplechase title in London.

Coburn, who lives in Boulder, led a stunning one-two sweep for the Americans. Another American, Courtney Frerichs, won the silver medal.

The run was historic. Coburn launched her attack in the last 200 meters, leaping over the final water jump and surging down the straight to win in a Championship record time of 9 minutes 2.58 seconds.

Coburn broke the American record of 9:07.63 which she set at the Olympics.

These were the fourth and fifth medals for the US distance runners at the championships in London, including a bronze from Amy Cragg in the marathon, a bronze from Evan Jager in the men's steeplechase and a silver from Jenny Simpson in the 1,500.

There was no doubt that Coburn was a potential medal contender heading into the final, though both her and Frerichs remained calm and composed throughout to secure a surprising American 1-2 in London.

Miller-Uibo was 0.07 seconds adrift in third place, her bronze medal - her first over this distance at either the Olympic Games or World Championships - offering some consolation from a hard Championships.

Remarkably, the 26-year-old would find herself in contention on the final lap.

"I've raced those girls for so many years and I've watched them progress".

African runners had claimed gold and silver in the women's steeplechase at each of the past three world championships.

Frerichs is certainly one of the biggest surprises of the world championships. "So that's what I was thinking".

"My coach [Jerry Schumacher] had told me to just go for it", Frerichs said.

Coburn and Frerichs raced near the front the entire way. "The whole race I just felt strong and controlled and powerful and waiting and waiting for it to feel bad, and it never did". Jepkemoi would take the bronze with Chepkoech ultimately finishing in fourth.

"I thought in a flawless day, I could sneak in for a medal, and Joe [her coach] kept telling me anything was possible, and kept reminding me of the hard workouts I've done; That I've been really healthy this year, and running well and training well", she said.

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