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Klecker Finishes Ninth In Worlds 10,000

Jul 18, 2022

BOULDER – The University of Colorado track and field program had a pair of alums run Sunday in the 2022 World Athletics Championships with Joe Klecker finishing top-10 in the 10,000-meter run and Gabby Scott advancing in the women's 400.
 
Coming off a 16th-place finish in the Olympics and a US Championship in the 10,000, Klecker immediately went to the front of the race and stayed there through eight minutes, even giving the world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda a little push for distance. The Americans found themselves bunching up fourth through sixth as the race began to be taken over by the Ethiopians.
 
Halfway through the race, Klecker sat in the top-12, around 10 meters from the lead before the leaders started dropping 64 second laps after a steady pace of 68-69 laps. Klecker sat 11th holding onto the back of the emerging pack and stuck in the middle of it to remain in the top-10.
 
The pack finally separated from Klecker at the bell as Cheptegei and his teammate Jacob Kiplimo took over along with Stanley Waithaka Mburu of Kenya. Cheptegei took the win followed by Mburu and Kiplimo. American record holder Grant Fisher finished fourth, matching the previous best finish for a US man in this race.
 
Prior to the chaos of the 10,000, Scott started things in the first heat of the women's 400-meter run. Scott came out of the blocks well but entered the final 200 towards the back of the pack. Off the final curve, Scott pushed the pace and made her way all the way from the back to third to automatically move on to the semifinals with a third-place finish in the first heat.
 
While Klecker's meet is completed, both Scott and Emma Coburn will compete again Wednesday, July 20th.
 
The steeplechase will be the highlighted main final at 8:45 p.m. MT  and will be televised on Peacock, NBCSports.com and USA Network. Scott will seek a part in Friday's final in the 400 right before Coburn at 7:45 p.m. MT in the women's 400-meter dash semifinals.