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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