Sorry to mislead you guys in the headline. I'm not actually in London, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Okay, no I did not. I stayed at my house, but I woke up at 3:15 in the morning to watch the Steeplechase prelims, so shut up already.
Shalaya Kipp was in the first heat. She started out in the back of the pack and, unfortunately, stayed there. She finished in 12th and will not advance to the final. In the second heat, Emma Coburn jumped out fast. She was running third for a while, but moved up to lead the pack while I was watching an ad extolling the virtues of AT&T 4G something or other. Eventually she fell back to third, but was in a virtual tie with the second place runner, who was from Foreignland. She qualified for the final with a time of 9:27.51, which I believe is her personal best. I think I remember the announcer saying her PR was 9:28, but it's really early in the morning, so take that with a grain of salt. (edit- I'm wrong, it's 9:25) At any rate- finals!
It's worth noting that the top qualifier was at 9:24, and the world record is 8:58, so Emma faces a tough climb to the medal stand. Another non-Buff American called Franek also qualified with a time of Slower Than Emma.
Steeplechase is a really weird event. Someone decided that an event should be "run for a really long time, then jump over this thing, then jump over this other thing and get your shoes wet. Repeat." That's weird. We should introduce Obstacle Course, and add in a wall to climb over, swing across a mud pit, crawl under some razor wire, and et cetera. I've been lead to believe that we have a pretty solid military, so I think we'd have a pretty solid showing. Sorry, did I mention that it's really early in the morning?
The finals are on Monday, probably earlier than I will wake up because work.
UPDATE: (Because it doesn't warrant a post of its own) Kara Goucher finishes 11th in the marathon