Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Frerichs claims historic Olympic silver


Courtney Frerichs produced the race of her life on Wednesday night to claim a historic silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old ran a fearless race, taking command with a little under a mile to run and putting her rivals to the sword, and only Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai was able to stay in touch. Chemutai went past on the final lap but Frerichs hung on with huge bravery to claim the biggest medal of her career, clocking 9:04.79 behind Chemutai’s 9:01.45.

“My strength as a runner is my strength,” Frerichs said. “It’s not leaving it down to the foot speed at the end.”

“I honestly just felt so confident with how my training’s been going. And I just I felt like it was going to be the right thing to do. And Shalane [Flanagan] told me going into it that if I made that move, I’d have no regrets, even if it meant coming up short. So I really tried to lean into that.

“It was surreal as everything I ever dreamed about,” she said of the moment she crossed the line. “It’s been a long journey to the starting line.”

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fisher and Schweizer make it a double for Tokyo


On the final day of the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Grant Fisher assured himself a place in the 5000m in Tokyo with a second-place finish behind Paul Chelimo. Fisher had already secured qualification in the 10,000 but the Bowerman Track Club athlete opened up the chance to double with his runner-up finish in 13:27.01.

Henry Wynne and Josh Thompson just missed out in the men’s 1500, the pair finishing 5th and 6th respectively in 3:37.70 and 3:37.73.

On the penultimate day on Saturday, Karissa Schweizer also ensured she can double up in Tokyo, finishing second in the 10,000m in oppressive heat in 31:16.52. Teammate Elise Cranny just missed out on making the team by finishing fourth in 31:35.22, but she will be in Tokyo in the 5000m. Fiona O’Keeffe finished 20th in 33:03.09.

On Friday Sean McGorty finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase final, coming up five seconds shy of a top-three finish and a place on the plane to Tokyo.

Well done to all the athletes who gave it their very best shot.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Frerichs flies to second-place finish at US Trials

Courtney Frerichs secured her spot at the Tokyo Olympics with a runner-up finish at the US Olympic Trials on Friday night, clocking 9:11.79 to come home close behind Emma Coburn.

Henry Wynne advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 1500m after finishing a comfortable third in is heat in 3:39.10.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Cranny and Schweizer book Tokyo tickets


With an outstanding 1-2 performance at the US Olympic Trials on Monday night, Kimbia duo Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer booked their place at the Tokyo Games over 5,000m. Pushing the pace in turn over the final mile, the Bowerman Track Club teammates came home well clear with Cranny winning in 15:27.81 with Schweizer second in 15:28.11. Taylor Werner led for much of the race and finished 11th in 15:56.83.

“To have someone that you train with every day and being able to [make the Olympics] together … feed off each other, even Rachel too; having her make her first team,” Cranny told LetsRun. “All of us having competed in college together… It’s just a great group.”

Earlier in the night Sean McGorty survived a scare in the 3000m steeplechase heats, losing several seconds after a pitstop to put his shoe back on. However, he ran with brilliant composure thereafter to reel in many of his rivals and finish ninth in 8:25.95 to advance to the final on time.

Image: Cortney White

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Fisher books Tokyo ticket with superb second place


Grant Fisher produced an outstanding run at the US Olympic Trials last night to book his place at his first Olympics, the 24-year-old finishing second in the 10,000m in 27:54.29. The race was won by Fisher’s Bowerman Track Club teammate Woody Kincaid. Lopez Lomong unfortunately called a halt to his race shortly before the halfway mark.

In the women’s 5000m heats, Kimbia’s Karissa Schweizer, Elise Cranny and Taylor Werner all advanced to the final, with Schweizer second in her heat in 15:32.63, Cranny just behind in third with 15:32.71, and Werner advancing on time after finishing sixth in the other heat in 15:39.98. The final takes place on Monday and we wish them the very best of luck.

Image: Cortney White

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