In the mad dash for the finish in the women’s10,000m, Molly Huddle raised her arms in celebration and slowed slightly just before the line, as Emily Infeld squeezed past her on the inside to claim the bronze medal.
Paris – Approaching the final barrier with just 50 meters remaining in the 3000 meter steeplechase, it was clear that Evan Jager was on his way to an historic victory and sub-8:00 clocking. And then is all came crashing down, as his foot hit the top of the barrier sending him sprawling on the track. “I don’t know if I was running too fast or was too tired,” he said. “I gave it everything I had to get over the barrier, but my toe just barely clipped it. I couldn’t stop myself from falling. I just tried to get up as fast as I could.” Although Evan was passed by Jairus Birech and had to settle for 2nd, his time of 800.45 smashed his own American record. Evan’s next steeple will be in Beijing at the World Championships on Aug 22.
Evan Jager recorded the second fastest steeple of his career in placing 4th at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 30. His time of 8:05.28 was just .57 seconds off of his 8:04.71 American record.
Jager spent most of the race in the middle of the pack, until making an impressive run at 2-time Olympic gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi and last year’s world number one, Jairus Birech, clearly gaining on the leading duo on the final lap. He was 3rd as they approach the finish, but was nipped on the line by summer housemate Conseslus Kipruto.
Lopez Lomong won his 2nd Millrose title in 3 years, with a 13:27.60 effort in the 5000m; his first Millrose win was a record-setting 3:51.21 run in the 2013 Wanamaker Mile. This year’s 5000 was set up to be time trial-esgue affair with many in the field hoping to secure the world outdoor championships qualifying standard of 13:23. Trevor Dunbar did an admirable job as the pacemaker, but when Suguru Osako found himself in the second position early in the race, he decided to step into the second lane and it became clear that he, and perhaps the others, wanted no part of the lead after Dunbar’s departure. And that’s just what happened with the pace slowing to 34 second circuits as the world championships’ qualifying standard gradually slipped from their grasp. Lopez’s 27.45 final 200m sealed the victory, with Andrew Bumbalough finishing a close 5th in 13:28.64 and Matt Tegenkamp and Tom Farrell placing 7th and 8th.