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Forever Buffalo Jenny Simpson wins bronze, makes Olympic history

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The former CU track star was the first American to medal in the event

Athletics - Olympics: Day 11 Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Jenny Simpson’s track & field career has been nothing short of phenomenal. The 2009 CU grad is easily in the conversation for the school’s all-time greatest athlete (hey, that’s a good idea for an article) and can stake a claim as the best American long distance runner. On Tuesday night, Simpson became the first ever American to medal in the 1,500 meter run with her third place finish.

Simpson wasn’t the only CU grad to make Olympic history this week. Just yesterday, 2013 graduate Emma Coburn became the first ever American to medal in the Steeplechase.

Earlier Tuesday, Samoan sprinter and former Colorado star Jeremy Dodson finished in 34th place in the 200 meter. Former Buffs continue competing in the Rio Games as Bermudian triathlete Flora Duffy will go for gold on Saturday morning.

All this success suggests we need to focus a lot more coverage on the Buffs’ incredible runners. Way to go, Jenny!