Monday, September 28, 2015

Jager Breaks US Record Despite Tumble in Final Straight

Paris – Approaching the final barrier with just 50 meters remaining in the 3000 meter steeplechase, it was clear that Evan Jager was on his way to an historic victory and sub-8:00 clocking. And then is all came crashing down, as his foot hit the top of the barrier sending him sprawling on the track. “I don’t know if I was running too fast or was too tired,” he said. “I gave it everything I had to get over the barrier, but my toe just barely clipped it. I couldn’t stop myself from falling. I just tried to get up as fast as I could.” Although Evan was passed by Jairus Birech and had to settle for 2nd, his time of 800.45 smashed his own American record. Evan’s next steeple will be in Beijing at the World Championships on Aug 22.

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