American Jenny Barringer Simpson took an upset victory in the women's 1500 meters at the world track and field championships on Thursday, notching the first U.S. world title in that event—or in any other distance race—since 1983. In a physical, tactical final that saw Simpson's U.S. teammate and prohibitive favorite Morgan Uceny fall, Simpson trailed the frontrunners through three laps before moving decisively to the outside with 100 meters to go, beating Great Britain's Hannah England to the line by .28 seconds in 4:05.40. Simpson is a 2009 graduate of the University of Colorado, where she was a four-time national champion and became the first-ever U.S. collegian to run under four minutes for 1,500 meters. But in 2010, after three years of running the steeplechase in international competition, she struggled with injury, failing to run a personal best and finishing a underwhelming third in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. championships. Her win on Thursday came during a highly successful half-hour window for the United States, as U.S. sprinter Lashinda Demus won gold in the 400 hurdles and Jesse Williams took an unexpected victory in the high jump.
Read more at the Denver Post
(Photo of Jenny Simpson by Victah Sailor/ PhotoRun.net)
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.