The American duet of Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs captured gold and silver in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase on Friday at the IAAF World Championships in London, becoming the first American women to ever win the event. Coburn’s time of 9:02.58 was a championship record in the event, while Frerichs’ time of 9:03.77 was a personal best.
The steeplechase wasn’t the only event on Friday that saw the Americans shine at the World Championships.
American Brittney Reese took gold in the women’s long jump on Friday, while fellow American Tianna Bartoletta grabbed the bronze medal. Reese’s score of 7.02 was the top in the event as Bartoletta posted the third-highest mark at 6.97. Darya Klishina of Russia took silver in the event, posting a score of 7.00.
In the 200-meter final, Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers took gold with a time of 22.05, followed by Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast in second at 22.08 and Shaunae Miller-Uibo in third at 22.15.
The Americans will be well-represented in the 100-meter hurdles final on Saturday, as Dawn Harper-Nelson, Christina Manning, Nia Ali, and Kendra Harrison all qualified for the final.
Harper-Nelson, who won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, had the second fastest time in the semifinals at 12.63 seconds. Manning had the fourth fastest time at 12.71, while last summer’s silver medalist Ali clocked in fifth at 12.79. Kendra Harrison’s time of 12.87 slipped her into the eighth and final spot of Saturday’s final.
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Australia’s Sally Pearson, who won gold in the event at the 2012 Olympics in London, finished with the top time at 12.53.
Ajee Wilson and Charlene Lipsey will represent the U.S. in the 800-meter final on Sunday, as the two finished with top four times in the semifinals. Wilson’s time of 1:59.21 was only second to South Africa’s Caster Semenya, the gold medalist in this event at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Lipsey placed fourth with a time of 1:59.35.