For an athlete who “wanted a medal real bad,” Thursday’s steeplechase final may have looked like an exercise in frustration for Evan Jager, who saw the race play out in similar fashion to last summer’s Olympic Final when he came in sixth. Once again, he was in the lead pack at the bell, but was out of reach of the medals at the final water jump.
But Jager’s performance yesterday shows true progress from his performance in London, even if he improved “only” to fifth place here in Moscow, running 8:08.67 to miss a medal by 0.81 seconds. His upgrade in the final results came in a field with more top talent than the London final, as the Kenyan team entered four athletes, owing to the wild card entry given to defending world champions. Yesterday, not only did he narrowly miss fourth place by just five-hundredths of a second… he was less than one second from bronze, and just 2.66 seconds behind the eventual winner, all-time great Ezekial Kemboi. Compare that with finishing twice as far behind the winner (also Kemboi) in last year’s global championship, and a whole 3-plus seconds awash of third place. Most impressive: Read the full article