Emma Coburn 

Emma Coburn 

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Emma Coburn of Boulder, Colorado won the gold medal on Friday in the women's 3000m steeplechase at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championship in London, England. The reigning Olympic bronze medalist in the discipline led a 1-2 American finish as Courtney Frerichs of Mundelein, Illinois won the silver medal. 

Coburn notched a gold medal winning time of 9:02.58. It was a World Championship record time and an Americas record time. Frerichs won the silver medal with a time of 9:03.77. Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya won the bronze medal with a time of 9:04.03. 

Coburn reached the podium by 7.87 seconds. Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya finished in fourth place with a time of 9:10.45. 

Even though Coburn comfortably came away with the gold medal, her time was well off the record pace. Ruth Jebet of Bahrain remains the world record holder with a time of 8:52.78, which was set at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League event in Paris on Aug. 27. Jebet finished in fifth place at the 2017 IAAF World Championship in London with a time of 9:13.96. The gold medalist in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the 2017 IAAF World Championships was Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya.