Friday, August 11, 2017

Super silver for Frerichs in London

Courtney Frerichs claimed a historic silver medal at the World Championships in London on Friday night, the 24-year-old from Missouri running a huge personal best of 9:03.77 to come home behind teammate Emma Coburn, who clocked an American record of 9:02.58 to take gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

“Someone might need to pinch me,” Frerichs said. “It was complete shock. None of us expected this.”

In the hours before the race, Frerich’s coach Jerry Schumacher had told her to stick with Coburn for as long as possible, and that if she could manage that entering the final laps something special would be on the cards. “With one lap to go I looked up and thought: this is what he was talking about,” Frerichs said. “I have to go for this.”

“Frerichs admitted afterwards she had been inspired by her teammates at the Bowerman Track Club, Amy Cragg and Evan Jager, who took home medals for the U.S. in recent days.

“Seeing Amy find that level of grit and toughness, I told myself I wanted that level, to have that moment,” she said. “Seeing Evan too, he really went for it and put it all out there, so to see them do that gave me motivation that I can do it too.”

For more, check out Runner’s World.

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