Coburn Eighth In Steeplechase Final
EUGENE — The University of Colorado track and field alumni Emma Coburn and Gabby Scott closed out the 2022 World Athletics Championships Wednesday evening highlighted by a top-10 finish in the women's steeplechase.
Coburn, the 10-time USA National Champion, finished eighth in a gutsy do-or-die race as she stayed with the blistering championship record pace that was set by Norah Jeruto of Kazakhstan. Coburn jumped to the front of the pack from the gun, staying in fourth throughout the race. She matched move-by-move through the first 2,000 meters until the pace became too much and she fell from fifth to eighth in the final two laps, finishing in 9:16.49.
The race was one of the fastest women's steeplechase races ever ran with three women under the nine-minute barrier including a championship record 8:53.02 from Jeruto followed by an Ethiopian national record from Werkuha Getachew. Courtney Frerichs was the top American with a sixth-place finish at 9:10.59.
Just before the steeplechase final, Gabby Scott competed in the women's 400-meter dash semifinals. In the second heat of three, Scott held the stagger in lane seven strong in the first 200. She came off the final curve in seventh where she remained for the rest of the race, finishing in 51.97 seconds. Scott's mark was 20th in the semifinals, well above her world ranking this season.
The Buffs action at the World Championships is now concluded with a pair of top-10 finishes and all three finishing top-20 in the world. The three have a short window of recovery before training for another world championship with the championships returning to their normal windows. Next year's events will be held in Budapest.