Monday, July 23, 2012

Jager Shatters American Record in Steeple

In just his fifth time racing the event, Evan Jager took two seconds off of Dan Lincoln’s American Record in the steeplechase, running 8:06.81 in Monaco. Maybe equally as impressive, Jager also placed third in what was his first steeple in a Diamond League event — the highest level of the sport. (To wit: last year in Monaco, the steeplechase was won in a time just 0.01 seconds off of the world record.)

The newly-converted steeplechaser from Portland won the record on the back of a patient race plan that saw him move up steadily from the back of a big lead pack of Kenyans. A final 800m of 2:07 (splits of 64 seconds and 63 seconds for the final laps) put him under the old mark and into the history books. Now, Jager will go to London as the 9th-fastest steepler in the world in 2012. However, with countries limited to a maximum of three entrants, he will have the 4th fastest performance of 2012 among the athletes on the starting line.

Going into Friday’s race, only three Americans had previously broken 8:10 for the distance hurdling event, and at just twenty-three years old, Jager has high hopes to achieve even more. His first race in London with be on August 3rd, with the Steeplechase Final on August 5th.

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