Emma Coburn

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Emma Coburn
2012 Olympic steeplechase start-Assefa, Coburn, Möldner-Schmidt, Ghribi.JPG
Coburn (center left) at the start of the 2012 Olympic steeplechase final.
Personal information
Born (1990-10-19) October 19, 1990 (age 24)
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Weight 120 pounds (54 kg)
Country  United States
Event(s) 3000 m st.
College team Colorado Buffaloes
Coached by Mark Wetmore
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 3000 m st.: 9:11.42 (AR)[1]
1500 m: 4:05.29

Emma Coburn (born October 19, 1990) is an American middle distance runner and the 2011 United States National Champion in the 3000 meter steeplechase. In the 2011 IAAF world Athletics championships she was the only American to make the steeplechase final, finishing 12th. She came in 9th in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

High school career[edit]

Emma Coburn finished second in the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals Track and Field Championships in 2000 meter steeplechase in 6:42. She attended Crested Butte Community school.[2]

College career[edit]

While attending the University of Colorado, in 2010, Emma Coburn won the Big 12 steeplechase title as a sophomore and finished second in the NCAA championships. In 2011, as a junior, she won both the Big 12 indoor 3000 meter title, and the Big 12 and NCAA outdoor title in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Coburn won the 2011 USA outdoor title in the steeplecase and made the US steeple team at the World Championships in 2011 finishing 12th in the final. During her senior year in cross country Coburn finished in 20th place over the six kilometer distance at the NCAA national cross country championships and was Colorado's 2nd place runner contributing to a 11th place team finish. In her first steeplechase of the 2012 season Emma Coburn became the fourth fastest American in history and the fastest American on US soil with her time of 9:25.28. The time was also a 12 second PR for Coburn, who redshirted the 2012 outdoor season at the University of Colorado to focus on the Olympic Trials.

Coburn was named the Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week on April 30, 2013 after recording the best 3,000 steeplechase time in the world for the season.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Coburn qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 3000 meter steeplechase, joined in the event by her University of Colorado teammate Shalaya Kipp.[4] At age 21, Coburn was the youngest runner on the American team at the 2012 Olympics.[4] In her Olympic heat, she placed third with a time of 9:27.51, automatically qualifying for the Olympic final.[5] She came in 9th in the final, with a time of 9:23.54 - a then personal best.[5]

In 2014, Coburn improved her 3000 m steeplechase best four times. At the Shanghai diamond league meeting, she ran 9:19.81, before improving this to 9:17.84 for third at the Eugene diamond league event and 9:19.72 to win her third US title in Sacramneto. At the Paris Diamond League meeting she ran a 9:14.72 for a second place finish. This moved her to second on the US all-time list behind Jenny Simpson. Then at the diamond league meet in Glasgow, Scotland, she broke Simpson's US record of 9:12.51, by running 9:11.42 and finishing second in the race to Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew.

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2011 US Championships Eugene, Oregon, USA 1st 3000 m steeplechase 9:44.11
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 12th 3000 m steeplechase 9:51.40
2012 US Championships (Olympic Trials) Eugene, Oregon, USA 1st 3000 m steeplechase 9:32.78
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 9th 3000 m steeplechase 9:23.54
2014 US Championships Sacramento, United States 1st 3000 m steeplechase 9:19.72


  1. ^ http://www.diamondleague-glasgow.com/Live-StartlistsResults/Overview/3000m-Steeplechase/
  2. ^ "cubuffs.com Emma Coburn profile". Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Sprouse, Linda (April 30, 2013). "Coburn Named Pac-12 Track Athlete Of The Week". CUBuffs.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Gambaccini, Peter (July 13, 2012). "Brief Chat: Emma Coburn, Olympian at 21". Runner's World. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b London 2012 - Women's 3000m Steeplechase results

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