A huge congrats goes out to Boulder’s Emma Coburn for earning the silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a PR of 9:02.35 at the IAAF World Championships on Sept. 30 in Doha, Qatar! We watched it live from In Motion Running!
The race started with Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech going off the front on record pace with Coburn, fellow American Courtney Frerichs and the rest of the field remaining in a tightly bunched pack. While Chepkoech increased her lead to nearly 50 meters by the 2K mark, Coburn began to get into position in a chase pack of about six runners. With a lap and a half to go, Coburn surged just after a water jump and moved into second.
With a lap go to, with Chepkoech still 8 seconds ahead, Coburn rolled into a sprint and moved up over the final 400 meters. Chepkoech won the race in a championships record 8:57.84, while Coburn finished in a new PR of 9:02.35. It was the third straight global championship that the former CU All-American earned a medal, having won the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London and taken the bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Gesa Krause of Germay was third in 9:03:30. For full results, go to this link.