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High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM UTC
Evan Jager has only run a handful of steeplechase races, but he's the Olympic Trials champion and the American record holder, and is hoping to find his way onto the medal stand in London. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Men’s Steeplechase

(8:23.10 / 8:32.00) – Final, Sunday, August 5
Olympic Record (8:05.51), Julius Kariuki, Kenya, Seoul 1988
World Record (7:53.63), Saif Shaheen, Qatar, 2004
U.S. Record (8:06.81), Evan Jaeger, 2012

Last American gold medal (Horace Ashenfelter, Helsinki 1952)
Last American medal (bronze, Brian Diemer, Los Angeles 1984)
TOTAL MEDALS = 5 (1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze)

* Evan Jager (Portland, OR), 2012 Olympic Trials champion; U.S. record holder (8:06.81 – 2012)
* Donn Cabral (Glastonbury, CT), 2012 NCAA steeplechase champion; Princeton grad
* Kyle Alcorn (Mesa, AZ), 2008 NCAA steeplechase champion

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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