Coburn sets women's steeplechase championships record at London worlds

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

Jepkemoi finished ahead of Chepkoech who recovered impressively from a freakish mishap on the first lap when she forgot to take the water jump and had to go back round to complete it before catching up with the field. The Americans went very fast, as you saw with the championship record.

Further ahead, Olympic champion and world record holder Ruth Jebet of Bahrain looked in good form, controlling the pace from the front during the middle section of the race. She picked herself up yet again but this time there was no way back in terms of having the reserves to contest the medals.

Rolling on the ground, still gasping for breath, Courtney Frerichs hugged Emma Coburn and shouted into her ear: "Am I dreaming?"

When it came to crunch time, however, the Kenyan-born athlete slowed and was dropped by the leaders. She took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to claim the gold.

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.

Coburn's sister, who unfortunately wasn't able to attend the race, was just as excited, if not more, as you can see in this video. "It is pretty fantastic to get a championship record", she added. I didn't expect a medal at halfway.

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American Kimberlyn Duncan finished just behind Stevens in sixth.

Going into the closing weekend, the United States has eight gold medals.

Miller-Uibo was well on course to add the world title to the Olympic crown she earned at Rio 2016 before an extraordinary breakdown just 20m from the line, where she stumbled after losing concentration, dashed her hopes of victory.

Coburn finished in an American-record 9 minutes, 2.58 seconds, and Frerichs set a personal best at 9:03.77. "I did all I could to win that race but they were stronger", she said.

They 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 meters.

Kenya are second with on three golds, a silver and a bronze.

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