Coburn sets women's steeplechase championship record at London worlds

Emma Coburn wins gold, Courtney Frerichs grabs silver in women's steeplechase at world championships

But Coburn launched herself over the final water jump in a daring move that led to her surging down the final straight to win in a Championship record time of 9 minutes 2.58 seconds.

Coburn broke the American record of 9:07.63 which she set at the Olympics.

Jepkemoi finished ahead of Chepkoech who recovered impressively from a freakish mishap on the first lap when she forgot to take the water jump and had to go back round to complete it before catching up with the field.

The duo were not counted among the favourites heading to London, with world record holder and 2016 Olympic champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain looking like the one to beat.

When it came to crunch time, however, the Kenyan-born athlete slowed and was dropped by the leaders. She took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to claim the gold.

"What a race to be part of", said Coburn. With two laps to go, 18-year-old Cellephine Chespol began to fall off the pace, meaning there were five women facing off for three medals.

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"I never expected to win in that time but I kept pressing". Coburn's victory was also the first Championship record of the event.

"I was expecting a challenge from when I hit the front". We just wanted to show the American women are stepping up over the discipline as well.

As well as the main draw of Schippers, the race featured two athletes desperate for redemption having missed out on glory earlier in the week.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas settled for the bronze, crossing in 22.15. She ran an wonderful race to get the championship record. Since former champion Dawn Harper Nelson (season best 12.63) won the heat, the Americans have four in the final and could sweep the medals again - like they did past year at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Kenyans won the previous two women's steeplechase world championship titles but would have to settle for bronze in 2017.

Poland are the surprise occupant of third place having won two medals of each colour so far.

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