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

Emma Coburn is the top seed entering Friday's steeplechase final. Photo:

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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