Emma Coburn Wins World Steeplechase Title With Kick At Final Water Jump

US duo Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs savour their 1-2 finish in the 3000m steeplechase

US duo Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs savour their 1-2 finish in the 3000m steeplechase

The 200m was the standout event on tonight's programme but it was the longer and less heralded event that will be the talking point from day eight of these Championships.

The American duo notched the leading positions off the final curve and Coburn hit the finish line in style in nine minutes, 2.58 seconds, smashing the previous Championships record of 9:06.57 set by Russia's Yekaterina Volkova back in 2007.

That fact was not unnoticed by Jepkemoi, the 2015 champion, who claimed the bronze medal in an event usually dominated by Africans.

The race began in farcical fashion as Chepkoech demonstrated an incredible lapse of memory and did something rarely seen at this level.

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.

Having competed at numerous major events throughout her time on the track, she really should have known better.

When it came to crunch time, however, the Kenyan-born athlete slowed and was dropped by the leaders.

"What a race to be part of", said Coburn. "Evan (Jager) and I have been in the mix the last couple of years. The whole race I just felt strong and controlled and powerful and waiting and waiting for it to feel bad, and it never did". "It is pretty unbelievable to get a championship record", she added. I didn't expect a medal at halfway.

American Kimberlyn Duncan finished just behind Stevens in sixth.

The 200m was unable to provide the drama of the preceding 3,000m steeplechase but still proved to be an absorbing battle. She just 24 years old, won an NCAA title in 2016 as a member of the New Mexico Lobos and the qualified for the Olympics, where she finished 11th in the final. She ran an wonderful race to get the championship record. She hugged with Coburn after crossing the line to celetrate the first ever one-two finish in steeplechase for the United States at World Championships. Overall, the Americans have 23 medals, 15 more than second-place Kenya. Furthermore, Courtney Frerichs caused arguably an even bigger surprise to take the silver medal in a massive new personal best of 9:03.77, with defending champion Jepkemoi forced to settle for bronze.

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