Nixa's Courtney Frerichs finishes second at World Championships

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

Coburn sped away from the pack at the final water jump, winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships today.

Frerichs finished 11th in the steeplechase finals previous year in a time of 9:22.87.

The early pace was a grueling one by the Kenyans, but Frerichs and Coburn hung on behind the front-running trio before taking over in the final lap.

The former Colorado All-American put together another historic performance, capturing a gold medal while decimating her own American record.

Americans Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs pulled a stunning upset in the race, finishing 1-2.

"Oh my goodness, what a race to be part of", Coburn said. Coburn became the first American woman to win a steeplechase title in a time of 9:02.58. Coburn's victory was also the first Championship record of the event.

Coburn grabbed the gold in a championship-record of 9 minutes, 2.58 seconds.

Entering with a personal best of 9:19.09, Frerichs shattered that.

Paris victor Beatrice Chepkoech finished a heroic fourth in 9:10.45 after battling back from way behind after initially forgetting to go over the first water jump and world record holder and Olympic champ Ruth Chebet, who led most of the race, was 5th in 9:13.96. Defending champion Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya earned the bronze medal. Allman threw 53.85 meters (176 feet, 8 inches) on her initial throw but committed fouls on her next two attempts, which left her out of the championship round.

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