Aug. 12, 2013
● Results | Flotrack Interview
MADISON, Wis. -- Former Wisconsin standout Evan Jager won the second heat of the men's 3000 steeplechase to advance to the final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Monday.
Jager, running for the United States, will compete in the steeplechase final at 11:20 a.m. (CT) on Thursday. The race will be shown live on Universal Sports Network.
The American record-holder in the steeplechase, Jager narrowly defeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya) in the second of three qualifying-round heats. Jager crossed the line in 8:23.76, besting Kemboi's time of 8:23.84.
This marks only the second year that Jager has competed in the steeplechase, after making his debut last April at the Mt. SAC Relays. After setting the American record of 8:06.81 in just his fifth ever steeplechase competition, he finished sixth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, marking the highest finish for a U.S. athlete in the event since 1996. Jager is a two-time U.S. champion in the event and has a season-best time of 8:08.60.
"I think I'm more comfortable closing over hurdles," Jager told reporters after the race. "I definitely feel I am more of a complete athlete this year. Hopefully I hit it right on the day, and just capitalize."