Coburn, Frerichs complete shock U.S. one-two in steeplechase

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

Team USA will go home feeling like they have upset the 3,000m steeplechase status quo, with Coburn and Frerich's medals adding to Evan Jager's landmark bronze in the men's event on Tuesday.

Coburn finished third in the Olympic final previous year though was only an outsider for the title here, with the likes of Jepkemoi and Jebet considered the favorites, though in a dramatic race the American stayed calm to set a new Championship record with a time of 9:02.58.

Frerichs entered the world championships with a personal-best time of 9:19.09; she ran a blistering 9:03.77 Friday.

Frerichs, a native of Nixa, Mo., finished 1.19 seconds behind, holding off defending champion Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya in a sprint to the end. I have memories from 2015 (finished fifth in the world final) 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. She picked herself up yet again but this time there was no way back in terms of having the reserves to contest the medals.

"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. The whole race I just felt strong and controlled and powerful and waiting and waiting for it to feel bad, and it never did".

The duo were not counted among the favourites heading to London, with world record holder and 2016 Olympic champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain looking like the one to beat. Coburn's victory was also the first Championship record of the event.

"I was expecting a challenge from when I hit the front". "Oh my goodness, what a race to be part of. I just expected the others to finish quickly, so I just kept pushing to make sure I got that gold that I wanted so much". She ran an unbelievable 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. The American moved ahead of Jepkemoi and Frerichs and remained calm as she stormed down the straight, pulling her countrywoman along for the silver medal. Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto won gold.

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