Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

THE Di­a­mond League in Zürich sug­gested that the world’s top two were Ruth Je­bet and Beatrice Chepkoech but they fin­ished fourth and fifth in Lon­don as Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs pulled off the sur­prise re­sult of the cham­pi­onships.

Je­bet led at the bell but faded on the last lap while Chepkoech’s rea­son was she lost con­cen­tra­tion and did a seven-sec­ond de­tour at the first wa­ter jump and later fell over.

Coburn, a con­sis­tent per­former but never pre­vi­ously look­ing like a win­ner, set a five-sec­ond PB but Frerichs trumped that with a 15-sec­ond one for prob­a­bly the most in­cred­i­ble sil­ver in Lon­don.

Coburn’s win was the first global suc­cess­ful US steeplechase since Ho­race Ashen­fel­ter at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

While USA reached an all­time high, Europe was dis­mal with one fi­nal­ist – Gesa Krause – and she was the only one to break 9:35 in qual­i­fy­ing.

Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs: shocked the Africans in the steeplechase

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