USATF Won't Ratify Coburn's Record

U.S. steeplechase best set in July 2014

Feb 5, 2015
Outside Magazine

USA Track & Field will not accept Coburn's time of 9:11.42 as the 3000-meter record because she did not take a post-race drug test.    Emma Coburn/Facebook

Emma Coburn, the fastest American ever to run the 3,000-meter steeplechase, set her mark of 9:11.42 on July 12, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, seemingly breaking Jenny Barringer Simpson’s best of 9:12.50 from 2009. But USA Track & Field, the national governing body of the sport, said Thursday that it has rejected the mark for record purposes because Coburn was not drug tested immediately following her race.

“When we inquired as to whether [a drug test for Coburn] was done, it wasn’t,” a USATF official told Runner’s World. “There’s not much you can do about that after the fact.”

The official said this is the first time a record has been negated since the testing requirement was implemented four years ago and described the testing requirements for American records as “pretty well-known.”

Coburn issued a statement via Twitter, saying, “Wish I was made aware I had to take a test that day.”

Her time still stands for the USATF 2014 Top Marks list.

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