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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