Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Infeld and Frerichs impress in Lucerne

London-bound athletes Emily Infeld and Courtney Frerichs turned in a pair of impressive performances in Lucerne on Tuesday night (11) as they continue their preparations for the IAAF World Championships, which get under way on 4 August.

Competing in a loaded 3000m field, Infeld clocked a season’s best of 8:55.41 to finish fifth, while Frerichs came home just moments later in sixth, her time of 8:56.99 a lifetime best.

The race was won by Ethiopia’s Azmera Gebru in 8:52.63, with Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui second in 8:53.36 and Jamaica’s Aisha Praught-Leer third in 8:53.43.

Frerichs, who finished 11th in the Olympic final in the 3000m steeplechase last year, has been in outstanding form this summer, the 24-year-old lowering her lifetime best to 9:19.09 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. She booked her place in London by finishing second in the US Championships in Sacramento last month and will join Emma Coburn and fellow Kimbia athlete Colleen Quigley on the US team for the 3000m steeplechase next month.

Infeld, meanwhile, has raced sparingly this season but had made it count every time she takes to the track. The 27-year-old Kimbia athlete, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, booked her spot on the US team when finishing second in the 10,000m at the national championships in Sacramento last month in 31:22.67. The 2015 world bronze medallist over 10,000m will next be in action in Heusden, Belgium, on 22 July, where she will hope to fine-tune her preparations for another tilt at the medal rostrum in London.

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