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American Jennifer Barringer Simpson takes World Championships 1500m gold

DAEGU, South Korea (Sporting Alert)— Jennifer Barringer Simpson powered her way to the front over the last 70 metres and then stayed there to win the women’s 1,500 meters at the world championships Thursday.

The former Steeplechase runner kept up with the pace setters and then out-sprinted them down the stretch to win the gold medal in 4 minutes, 5.40 seconds.

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Barringer Simpson looked stunned for a moment at her accomplishments before jumping in celebration after realising that it was indeed for real.

Hannah England of Britain also ran a well judged race to take the silver medal in 4:05.68, while the bronze medal went to Natalia Rodriguez of Spain in 4:05.87.

Two time defending champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain was dead-last in 4:22.67.

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Barringer Simpson victory had come just minutes after Jesse Williams won the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.35m, the same height cleared by Russia’s Aleksey Dmitrik, who took silver.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and

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  1. Jerry Flex

    September 2, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Outstanding race for Simpson. It was great to see the American lady take Gold. Congratulations.

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