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Twitter Cheers For 1-2 American Finish In Stunning Steeplechase Final

Emma Coburn, who became the first American woman to medal in the steeplechase in the Olympics last year, just powered down the final stretch of the steeplechase final, grabbing a gold world medal. But it was Courtney Frerichs, who literally followed in her footsteps, that had people cheering even louder…then crying when she passed third place to nab silver and a personal best time in a stunning surprise.

Coburn, who set a new American record, looked back after crossing the finish, and the duo embraced in tears on the ground when they realized what had just happened. And we will just say their joint victory laugh made us cry…er, we aren’t crying. You are. And of course Twitter erupted in cheers, emojis and photos that feel reminiscent of Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg at the Olympic Trials Marathon in February last year.

Congratulations to these two powerful, badass women!

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Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.