Simpson, Cain Advance To 1500, Final
In the women’s 1,500m semifinals, defending world champion Jenny Simpson advanced without difficulty, finishing third in the second of two heats in 4:05.79 behind the women who will likely be her biggest rivals for the gold medal, Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi (4:05.66) and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri (4:05.76). Her heat started slowly, 2:15.76 through 800m, but Simpson was strong in the final sprint when it counted.
“It was everything I asked for,” said Simpson, pointing out that she felt comfortable running behind Aregawi and Obiri. “If you have to be behind somebody, be behind them.”
Simpson’s 17 year-old teammate, Mary Cain, also moved on to the final in the first heat by turning a 62.7 second final lap. In a group sprint, she dipped at the line to finish fourth in 4:05.21.
“So, fourth, I’ll take it any day at the world championships semifinal,” Cain told an IAAF interviewer in the mixed zone. “Hopefully I’ll do the same thing in the final.”
Also advancing was England’s Hannah England who got the fifth and final automatic qualifying spot in the second heat. She was the silver medalist at these championships in Daegu two years ago.