Discussion in 'University of Colorado News and Olympic Sports' started by Buffnik, May 28, 2016.
She had to steal it from her friend, training partner, and fellow Buff Jenny Simpson (Barringer), @trackjenny
Definitely awesome for Emma! Now Jenny will have to go for the American record in the 1500 m (her best event).
(Notes- that winning time is only the 2nd time in history a woman has broken 9 minutes in the steeple. Also, Shalaya Kipp, another former Buff, was the official pace setter ("Rabbit"), which is why she didn't finish (DNF).)-
Note- For those who didn't know, Ms. Coburn actually already had the fastest American time (9:11.42) from back in 2014, but it ended up not getting ratified as an "American Record" because she forgot or didn't know she had to take a drug test right after the race for it to "count" as the record. I'm sure she will NOT forget today!
She didn't forget!
Hope Jenny does well in her race. Jenny competed at the Drake Relays in the rain.
Great job, young lady!
Going to be posing in the body magazine for ESPN:
Hate to have it happen this way, but Emma's chances at a medal have been improved: of the two runners who beat her last week, one is from Kenya, whose anti-doping agency's IOC credentials have been revoked, and, like the more publicized Russian team, the entire track & field team has been effectively banned from competing in Rio.
No evidence that this Kenyan runner was doping, but the IOC has essentially said that Kenyan athletes, just like the Russians who lab was also decertified, are essentially guilty until proven innocent, and they won't be allowed to compete in Rio unless they can prove they are innocent, and Kenyan lab results can't count.
It's an onerous process:
Applicants have to email the IAAF, in English, with their evidence
It must be verified by credible agencies (I.E. Not Russian or Kenyan)
It must be sent by July 4th
Links to banned coaches, long periods without testing and incomplete "whereabouts" information counts against them.
If they do manage to receive permission, it appears that they will technically have to compete as a "neutral" athlete with their medals not being attributed to their country's Olympic team.
There's a reasonable chance that some innocent athletes will get excluded from Rio.
But regardless, Emma's odds of finishing on the podium are a little bit better than they were last week.
Many of the Boulder based runners won't come right out and say it, but they often insinuate that nearly all Kenyan runners are using banned substances.
Emma's a beast. She's from Crested Butte.
It has crossed my mind how it's always Kenyans who win the Bolder Boulder and other big races.
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