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Coburn Places Fifth at World Championships

Aug 26, 2015

BEIJING - Former University of Colorado standout Emma Coburn earned a fifth place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2015 IAAF World Championships on Wednesday.

Coburn ran valiant race, coming up just shy of a medal. Lalita Babar (India) went out by herself, leading by 15 meters, with Coburn tucked in in the main pack, near the front and on the rail. In due time, Coburn led the pack past Babar with 800 meters left and assumed the lead, with Tunisian Habiba Ghribi on her shoulder. Ghribi moved to the lead at the bell, with Coburn following.

Coburn stumbled coming off the final backstretch hurdle, regained her stride and was third heading into the water pit, setting up a five-woman race in the homestretch. At the tape it was three women across, with Kenya's Hyvin Jepkemoi winning in 9:19.11, Ghribi second in 9:19.24 and Germany's Gesa Krause third in 9:19.25. Coburn, the top American, finished fifth in 9:21.78.

Coburn advanced to the finals after placing third in her heat (9:27.19) at the semifinals.

Another former Buff, Jenny Simpson, ended up 11th in the finals of the 1,500-meter run on Tuesday after losing a shoe with 400 meters remaining in the race. Simpson finished the race in 4:16.28, while Dibaba, the world record holder from Ethiopia, won in 4:08.09.

"I was jogging along with everyone else and I kind of paid the price for it," Simpson said. "(Genzebe) Dibaba made a big move and I got shoved into the traffic. My shoe even ripped, I got spiked bad enough, it totally ripped when it came off. It stayed part way on, it wasn't the fault of not tying it tight enough or something. I just was unlucky. I was unlucky and ran 700 meters or so with the shoe not totally on and then 500 with it totally off. You can't run under 60 seconds when you don't have a shoe on, at least I found out today that I can't. I'm bummed."

Simpson advanced to the finals after placing fifth in the second round of the semifinals (4:08.20). She was fifth in her section of the first round, clocking in at 4:10.79.