Former CU Buffs Emma Coburn, Valerie Constien advance in Olympic steeplechase – The Denver Post

Former CU Buffs Emma Coburn, Valerie Constien advance in Olympic steeplechase – The Denver Post

August 1, 2021

Emma Coburn will have an opportunity to win a second consecutive Olympic medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Another former Colorado Buffaloes track standout will attempt to crash the medals stand right alongside her.

Coburn cruised into an automatic bid for the steeplechase finale during the preliminary rounds on Saturday, and fellow former Buffs runner Valerie Constien, making her Olympic debut, also used a solid showing to secure one of the at-large spots for the medals heat.

Coburn and Constien will compete in the championship heat on Wednesday morning, 5 a.m. MT.

With the top three finishers in each of the three heats receiving automatic berths into the championship round, Coburn, appearing in her third Olympics games, placed third in the opening heat with a time of 9 minutes, 16.91 seconds. Coburn’s bronze medal in the 2016 games was the first medal won by an American woman in the steeplechase.

Constien finished fourth in the third heat, but her time of 9:24.31 was good enough to land one of the six at-large spots for Wednesday’s final.

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All three American women will compete in the championship heat, as Courtney Frerichs won the second heat with a time of 9:19.34.


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