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Jennifer Simpson competing in the steeplechase at the 2008 US Olympic Trials.
|Birth name||Jennifer Mae Barringer|
August 23, 1986 |
Webster City, Iowa, U.S.
|Residence||Oviedo, Florida, U.S.
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)|
|Weight||110 pounds (50 kg)|
|Event(s)||Steeplechase, 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m|
|College team||Colorado Buffaloes|
|Coached by||Mark Wetmore|
|Achievements and titles|
800 m: 2:00.45
Jennifer Simpson (née Barringer) (born August 23, 1986) is an American middle distance runner and steeplechaser. She represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Simpson holds the American record in the Steeplechase with a time of 9:12.50. She won a gold medal in the 1500 meters at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.
As a student at Oviedo High School, Simpson was a 5-time state champion in track and 3-time state champion in cross country. She also set Florida high school records in the mile, two-mile, 5000 m, and three-mile.
At the time of her 2008 Olympic appearance, Simpson was enrolled at the University of Colorado. At the U.S. trials, Simpson qualified for the United States Olympic team by finishing third in the steeplechase.
Simpson qualified for the first women's steeplechase final in Olympic history by finishing third in her heat. She set a new American record of 9:22.26 in the final and placed ninth.
In 2009, she set NCAA records in the mile, 3000 m, and 5000 m indoors, 1500 m, 3000 m steeplechase and 5000 m outdoors. She also topped her own American record in the Steeplechase at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 9:12:50, finishing 5th overall.
While primarily a steeplechaser, she ran 3:59.90 in the 1500 m at the 2009 Prefontaine Classic. At the time of the event, this performance made her the third-fastest female 1500 m runner in U.S. track and field history.
Simpson came fifth at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, running a North American record time of 9:12.50 minutes for the event. It is also the best mark by any athlete from the Americas. She was the 2009 US Champion in the steeplechase.
Despite the fact that she could have signed a professional contract, Simpson returned to school in the fall of 2009 to compete in Cross Country. On October 31, 2009, Simpson captured the Big 12 individual title, running a 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 27.46 seconds. She was favored to win the NCAA Cross Country Championship on November 23, 2009, but collapsed after leading for the first two miles. She wound up in 163rd place. Simpson commented that she felt light headed all of a sudden.
In January 2010, Simpson signed a multi-year endorsement deal with New Balance. Simpson later changed coaches from her University of Colorado at Boulder coach, Mark Wetmore, in favor of the Air Force Academy coach Juli Benson.
Simpson began the 2011 season strong, winning the Mile and 3000 meters championships at the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. She qualified for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics by finishing second in the 1500 meters at the US Track and Field Championship.
Simpson won a gold medal at the 1500 meters at the World Championships in a time of 4:05:40. She beat rivals Hannah England and Natalia Rodriguez. Simpson's gold medal was considered a surprise.  She became the first American woman to win the event since Mary Decker at the inaugural World Championships in 1983.
On July 1st, 2012, Simpson qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics with a third place finish in the women's 1500 m at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Simpson qualified for the 1500 meter semifinal in 4:13.89 but did not qualify for the final.
- Two-Time US National 3000 m Steeplechase Champion – 2007, 2009 (3rd in 2008)
- US National 1500 m Championship – 2nd (2011), 3rd (2012)
|Representing United States|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||9th||3000 m s'chase||9:22.26|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||5th||3000 m s'chase||9:12.50|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||1st||1500 m||4:05.40|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||12th (sf)||1500 m||4:06.89|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||2nd||1500 m||4:02.99|
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|The Bowerman (Women's Winner)