USA’s Jager takes silver with second-best time in Olympic history

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Bettering a previous Olympic record is really cool, somehow a bit less so when someone else does it a bit faster.

USA’s Evan Jager now has the second-best Olympic time in steeplechase 3000m history, which is awesome. He also has the second-best time in this year’s Final.

Jager ran an 8:04.28, bettering the 28-year-old record of Kenya’s Julius Kariuki by more than a second.

But the record is staying in Kenya, as Conseslus Kipruto ran 8:03.28 to smash the mark and take gold.

Jager’s finish is the highest by an American since Horace Ashenfelter took gold in Helsinki 1952, and the first U.S. medal since a 1984 bronze from Brian Diemer.

Incredibly impressive running by both!