Jenny Simpson won an NCAA steeplechase title as a University of Colorado freshman, and her American record of 9:12.50 is more than ten seconds faster than any other U.S. woman has done in the event. So why has Simpson, who also excelled in the 800 and the 5000, chosen to specialize in the 1500 – and managed to become a 2011 world champion at that distance?
"The steeplechase is a grueling event and it made me really tough. So that toughness combined with the leg speed that I’ve gained over the years — I really think I’m a much better 1500-meter runner," Simpson hypothesizes. She believes the steeple and the 1500 "are both hard in different ways but definitely there’s an advantage to knowing that the 1500 meters is going to be around four minutes, so no matter how hard it is, it’s over sooner than the steeplechase is."
Simpson told the CBS affiliate in Denverthat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she was.ninth in the steeplechase, "I was kind of naive, and everything was brand new. So coming back as a veteran, I feel like that experience really gave me a lot and gave me a huge opportunity to learn and to grow." She adds, "the first time I was really just happy to be there and happy to be in the group going to the Games. And this time I’m happy to be there and I’m really going with the intention of making the final and hopefully coming home with [a] medal."
via Runners World
Updated on May 12, 2013, 6:17pm