U.S. women go 1-2 in track up­set

Steeple­chase re­sult con­tin­ues a week of sur­prises, but form holds in women’s 200.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

LONDON — On a night of even more up­sets, Dafne Schip­pers re­stored some nor­malcy Fri­day when she proved again she is the fastest woman over 200 me­ters at the world track and field championships.

The Dutch­woman dipped at the line just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou in an­other ex­tremely close race to de­fend her ti­tle in 20.05 sec­onds. “I re­ally had to fight for it today,” Schip­pers said. “It is not an easy life but it can be beau­ti­ful.”

The most jaw-drop­ping re­sult in a week of up­sets at the Olympic Sta­dium came in the women’s steeple­chase, where the United States clinched an un­likely 1-2 fin­ish at the ex­pense of the Kenyans.

Emma Coburn took the lead for good at the fi­nal wa­ter jump and kicked for home to fin­ish in a cham­pi­onship record of 9:02.58.

“Oh my good­ness, what a race to be part of,” Coburn said. “I never ex­pected to win in that time but I kept press­ing. It is pretty amaz­ing to get a cham­pi­onship record.”

Amer­i­can team­mate Court­ney Frerichs fin­ished sec­ond by out­kick­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Hyvin Jep­ke­moi of Kenya in a sprint for sil­ver.

“I would never have be­lieved this could hap­pen,” Frerichs said.

From Justin Gatlin beat­ing Usain Bolt in the 100 on the open­ing week­end to Ramil Guliyev of Turkey win­ning the 200 ahead of Wayde van Niek­erk, the crowd has been stunned plenty of times.

And an­other crazy in­ci­dent came Fri­day in the long jump. Ivana Spanovic seemed to have pro­duced a medal-win­ning leap on her fi­nal at­tempt, but she was given a much shorter mark — seem­ingly be­cause the num­ber bib on her back dragged into the sand and likely cost her pre­cious cen­time­ters.

With­out that jump, Brit­tney Reese added a world ti­tle to the Olympic gold she won in the same sta­dium five years ago. The Amer­i­can hadn’t won a major ti­tle since 2013, but her jump of 7.02 me­ters was good enough for her fourth world ti­tle.

Go­ing into the clos­ing week­end, the United States has eight gold medals. Kenya is sec­ond with three. Over­all, the Amer­i­cans have 23 medals.

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