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London Calling: 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials–Second Half Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 27, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM UTC
Emma Coburn is the top seed entering Friday's steeplechase final. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Women’s Steeplechase

Final: Friday, June 29 — 4:45 PM

In 2008 Sara Hall was struggling to find her once solid form after finishing a disappointing ninth in the 1,500m final at Olympic trials. Four years later she’s established her identity as a serious threat to make the team in a different event, the steeplechase. Hall captured gold in the steeple at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico, won the 2012 U.S. cross country championships in February and comes to Eugene riding a great wave of momentum. Reigning national champion Emma Coburn will be looking to defend her crown from last summer, while Bridget Franek and Delilah DiCrescenzo, second and third at last summer’s national championships, respectively, will also be fighting for a spot on the team. Coburn’s University of Colorado teammate, Shalaya Kipp, would love to accompany her training partner to London.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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