Sunday, August 27, 2017

Quigley brilliant in Berlin

It was a memorable afternoon for Kimbia’s Colleen Quigley at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin on Sunday, the 24-year-old carving five seconds off her lifetime best to finish third in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:15.97.

The race was won by Kenya’s Norah Jeruto Tanui, who clocked a meeting record of 9:03.70. Local favourite Gesa Felicitas Krause came home second in a German record of 9:11.85.

The early pace was taken out by Caroline Chepkirui, who towed the field through 1000m in 3:02, then Quigley’s teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, Courtney Frerichs, took over pacing duties.

Frerichs, the silver medalist at the World Championships in London, had turned down the chance to race for herself in a bid to help her teammate Quigley to a fast time, and when she stepped aside just after 2000m, it was clear it was on. Quigley’s previous best was 9:20.00, set in Paris last year, but in Berlin today she blitzed that, powering to the line to clock 9:15.97 and putting the disappointment of disqualification at the World Championships firmly behind her.


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Flanagan to run New York City Marathon

Shalane Flanagan will return to the New York City Marathon in November for the first time since 2010, when she finished second in 2:28:40 behind Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat.

The 36-year-old Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete announced her participation today as part of a visit to the city serving as a Team for Kids Ambassador for New York Road Runners ahead of the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K on Saturday.

After being forced to withdraw from Boston through injury, New York will be Flanagan’s first marathon of the year and she showed training has been progressing well when finishing fourth in the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth in 31:15 earlier this month.

“I want that one last really special moment,” Flanagan told USA Today. “I’m just hoping I can achieve it soon because I really, I just want one more big performance, and I feel like I have it within me. I just need the right stage and the right day to get it done.”

To read more on her return to top-level racing, click here.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jager, Frerichs and Quigley back in action in Birmingham

In his first outing since the World Championships in London, Evan Jager finished seventh in the Emsley Carr mile in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon, coming home in 3:57.39.

The race was won by Jake Wightman of Britain in 3:54.92 ahead of compatriot Chris O’Hare (3:55.01). Jager, the 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist in London, took up the pace shortly after the 800m mark, reached in 1:57.36, with the American leading through 1200m in 2:59.32.

However, he didn’t have the pace to match the mile specialists over the final 200m and had to settle for seventh on this occasion.

Courtney Frerichs, the world silver medalist in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, finished 14th in the 3000m in 8:53.99, a lifetime best. The race was won by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in 8:28.90.

Her teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, Colleen Quigley, was in action in the women’s 1500m in Birmingham. She put the heartache of disqualification at the World Championships behind her with a ninth-place finish in 4:06.07. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum in 4:01.36.

Full results are here.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Super silver for Frerichs in London

Courtney Frerichs claimed a historic silver medal at the World Championships in London on Friday night, the 24-year-old from Missouri running a huge personal best of 9:03.77 to come home behind teammate Emma Coburn, who clocked an American record of 9:02.58 to take gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

“Someone might need to pinch me,” Frerichs said. “It was complete shock. None of us expected this.”

In the hours before the race, Frerich’s coach Jerry Schumacher had told her to stick with Coburn for as long as possible, and that if she could manage that entering the final laps something special would be on the cards. “With one lap to go I looked up and thought: this is what he was talking about,” Frerichs said. “I have to go for this.”

“Frerichs admitted afterwards she had been inspired by her teammates at the Bowerman Track Club, Amy Cragg and Evan Jager, who took home medals for the U.S. in recent days.

“Seeing Amy find that level of grit and toughness, I told myself I wanted that level, to have that moment,” she said. “Seeing Evan too, he really went for it and put it all out there, so to see them do that gave me motivation that I can do it too.”

For more, check out Runner’s World.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Frerichs advances to world final

It was a night of mixed emotions for Kimbia athletes at the World Championships in London on Wednesday, with Courtney Frerichs advancing through her heat of the 3000m steeplechase by running 9:25.14 to finish third. The heat was won by Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya in 9:19.03.

“I wanted to get that big Q and that’s what it was all about,” said Frerichs. “My fitness is there. It’s the best I’ve ever felt running 9:25. In the final I want to improve upon my place from Rio, to try and run as fast as possible. I am so far beyond in fitness than I was at Pre. In the last six weeks it’s taken off.”

There was heartbreak, however, for Colleen Quigley, who cruised to automatic qualification in the first heat of the 3000m steeplechase but was disqualified for stepping on the inside line as she entered the home stretch with 500m to run.

Later in the night, Britain’s Marc Scott made his world championship debut in the heats of the men’s 5000m, finishing 18th in the second heat in 13:58.11, which was not enough to advance to Saturday’s final.

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