I guess we're supposed to call her "Jennifer" now... but she'll always been "Jenny" to us! It's with tears in my eyes that I am so happy to post the news that our hometown girl has done it! WORLD CHAMP!!! We have seen Jenny go from promising freshman talent to two-time flrunners.com Invitational champion to state champion to NCAA Champion to Bowerman Award winner to American Record Holder to Olympian... to 2011 1500 METER WORLD CHAMPION!!
At the IAAF World Championships today in Daegu, Korea the New Balance athlete showed us a very patient and disciplined race. She went through the 700 meter mark in 11th place with a 1:58 split. Then burried deep on the inside rail, she held her ground and managed to avoid collision, after some bumping led to two women falling to the ground (including US teammate Morgan Uceny) along the final turn of the third lap. Finally seeing her opening on the back stretch of the final lap, Barringer-Simpson picked through and came up along the outside. She moved into fifth place heading into the last turn. The Oviedo High alum then unleashed a major kick, getting around the pack by sliding into lane two and then lane three and mowed down the competition all the way to the finish. Her time, a strategic 4:05.40, earned her the gold medal. Former Seminole Hannah England (Great Britain) rode in Barringer's wake down the homestretch and took that momentum to a silver medal herself.
Jenny's face read disbelief as the reality of the win set in and she realized what she had just accomplished. Then, draped in the American flag, she excitedly jumped up and down, threw her hands up, and blew kisses in a celebration... all too familiar to any of us who saw Jenny compete in high school!
She is the first American woman to win a World 1500 Meter title since Mary Decker in 1983.
WE LOVE YOU, JENNY! So proud. So proud.
Watch the Race
|1||919||Jennifer Barringer Simpson||USA||4:05.40|
|6||688||Ingvill Måkestad Bovim||NOR||4:06.85|
|11||586||Hellen Onsando Obiri||KEN||4:20.23|
|12||184||Maryam Yusuf Jamal||BRN||
The Great Debate: Steeplechase or 1500
More Coverage of Worlds
- Video Interview with Jenny's high school coach Jay Getty
- Few Days left of Worlds... watch it on Universal Sports
- Results and Coverage at IAAF Daegu Homepage
- Great On-Site Coverage by FloTrack