INDIANAPOLIS -- Emma Coburn has been named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after setting the American record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Glasgow Diamond League meet on Saturday, July 12.
Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) continued her dominance in the event by etching her name in the American record books, finishing second in 9:11.42 and breaking former University of Colorado teammate Jenny Simpson’s record from the 2009 World Championships by more than a second (9:12.50). She now holds the 11th fastest time in world history and also owns five of the six fastest U.S. times ever, and seven of the top 14.
“I was thrilled that I was able to finish a little bit tougher than I did in Paris,” Coburn said to Adam Richards of Sportsbeat. “I’m just happy that I have an American record under my belt and a few second place finishes in Diamond Leagues and can go home and try to get back to be a little bit more dominant for the next couple (meetings).”
Coburn is a two-time USATF Outdoor Champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and also won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. She is a two-time NCAA Champion in the event. She previously won USATF’s Athlete of the Week for the week of May 18 when she ran a then world-leading 9:19:80 at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai.
Other top performers from this week include:
Francena McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) won the women’s 400m at the Diamond League meeting in Glasgow with the fastest time ever (49.43) on Scottish soil. She defeated an impressive field, including Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross (50.39) and Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills (50.60).
Gia Lewis-Smallwood (Champaign, Illinois) threw a PR of 67.59m/221-9 in the women’s discus to upset reigning European, World and Olympic Champion Sandra Perkovic in Glasgow. Perkovic had won 11 straight Diamond League meetings before Friday’s competition and has only missed the top spot on the podium in three meets since the start of the 2012 season.
Irene Obera (Fremont, California) set two new world marks in the women’s 80-84 80m hurdles and 200m hurdles at the Pride Meet at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The marks were her sixth and seventh world marks this year. She ran a 19.62 in the 80m hurdles into a -1.5m wind, breaking the previous record by Johnnye Valien in the 2005 Worlds by more than four seconds. Irene then followed this with a 48.27 in the 200 hurdles, taking off 14.43 seconds off the previous record set in 2011 by Japan's Michiko Yamane.
Alison Wood (Eugene, Oregon) placed second in the high jump at the USATF Club National Championships, clearing a lifetime best 1.70m/5-7. The 40-year-old mother of two stands at 5-3 and has been jumping for 31 years. She competes for Oregon Track Club Athletics.
Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org
. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen, July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn.
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