Jenny Simpson Upsets Favorites To Win 1500 Meter World Title


Despite not being mentioned among the pre-race favorites, Jenny Simpson kicked from fourth place with 100 meters to go to win the first American world championship over 1500 meters since Mary Decker won the inaugural world meet in 1983. 

The Colorado alum held off Britain’s Hannah England for a finishing time of 4 minutes, 5.40 seconds.  Natalia Rodriguez of Spain who disqualified from the 2009 Worlds after crossing the finish line in first redeemed herself with a bronze here in Daegu.

Morgan Uceny – originally considered the American gold medal hope – fell at the 950 meter mark when they tripped over Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.

Race video:


Flotrack’s post-race interview with the World champ:

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