Emma Coburn wins gold in steeplechase, sister goes wild watching

Athletics- World Athletics Championships- women's 3000 metres steeplechase final – London Stadium London Britain

Athletics- World Athletics Championships- women's 3000 metres steeplechase final – London Stadium London Britain

In a wild final on Friday night, Chepkoech had to backtrack after missing the water jump, allowing U.S. duo Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs to smash the African domination of the women's 3000m race.

Coburn, who lives in Boulder, led a stunning one-two sweep for the Americans.

Frerichs finished in a personal best of 9:03.77 to complete a brilliant one-two for the U.S. Both times were well under the American national record, set by Coburn at the Olympics previous year.

The run was historic.

Coburn finished in an American-record 9 minutes, 2.58 seconds, and Frerichs set a personal best at 9:03.77.

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. "This is better than I could ever have imagined." said a jubilant Coburn after the race.

"The girl that came second, Courtney, I beat her in the Olympic final past year and layer upon layer she's become a better athlete".

"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. It is pretty incredible to get a championship record", she added.

Schippers used her long, powerful stride to nudge clear of the rest of the field to claim her fifth World Championships medal. She ran an unbelievable race to get the championship record.

"I was expecting a challenge from when I hit the front".

World record holder Ruth Jebet led the race for the first two kilometers, which saw Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech accidentally skip a water barrier and then a fall that took down some other competitors. Jepkemoi would take the bronze with Chepkoech ultimately finishing in fourth.

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

"Oh my goodness, what a race to be part of", said Coburn.

The 26-year-old could scarcely believe it as she crossed the line before she enjoyed an emotional embrace with silver medallist Frerichs, who had edged clear of Jepkemoi.

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