Olympian Evan Jager Breaks Own American Steeple Record in Brussels
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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Olympian Evan Jager (Algonquin, Illinois) was spectacular Friday in the finale of the 2014 Diamond League season, breaking his own American record in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:04.71. The time bests his previous AR by 2.1 seconds. Jager finished third in Friday’s race. Watch Evan’s record here.
Friday’s action was the final stop of the Diamond League circuit, as athletes sought the last 16 Diamond League titles at King Baudouin Stadium.
In easily her best race of the year, Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, California) won the women’s 200 meters in 22.02, the fastest time in the world this year and a season best by .32. With the victory, Felix also won the 2014 Diamond League crown in the event. Watch Allyson’s race here.
Justin Gatlin (Woodham, Florida) was unstoppable Friday, as he captured the men’s 100 meter title in a world-leading time of 9.77, besting the field by nearly two-tenths of a second. Mike Rodgers (St. Louis, Missouri) crossed in 9.93 in the event for the runner-up spot in both the race and the Diamond League hunt.
What was even more impressive about Gatlin’s feat was less than an hour later, Gatlin smoked the track with a victory in the 200 meters, finishing in 19.71. While not a record officially kept, the two times easily combine for one of the greatest athletic performances as the two-time Olympian pulled off a near-impossible sprint double in less than 60 minutes. Watch Justin’s victories here.
Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas) won the women’s 400 meters in 49.98, a tremendous way to cap what was a comeback season for Richards-Ross after toe surgery last year. See Sanya’s sub-50 victory here.
In the women’s 3,000 meters, Americans Jenny Simpson (Oviedo, Florida) and Shannon Rowbury (San Francisco, California) finished fourth and fifth in 8:29.58 and 8:29.93, respectively, both new personal best times. Simpson’s time goes down as the second best in U.S. history and the 2014 national champion now owns the No. 2 time in U.S. history in both the women’s 1,500 and 3,000 meters. Rowbury’s time is the fifth-fastest time in U.S. history. Watch Jenny and Shannon throw down new PBs here.