Aisha Praught Leer is an prime example of the how fast women’s elite running is growing around the world. Aisha competed at 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, and in 2016 began to focus on the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Aisha Praught Leer wins over Emma Coburn and Dominique Scott, photo by PhotoRun.net
In 2013, Aisha Praught Leer met her biological father. Learning about her heritage, Aisha Praught decided to represent Jamaica in global competitions. She now runs for Under Armour. Aisha represented Jamaica in the 2015 World Championships, 2016 Olympics and the 2017 London World Championships.
With a fine pb of 9:19. 29 last season, the Jamaican National record, Aisha Praught Leer has been training with Emma Coburn, and her husband Joe, who is the coach. 2017 was a year of fine racing, and 2018 has opened even better.
At the Millrose Games, on February 4, Aisha Praught Leer won a fine 3000 meters against her training partner, Emma Coburn, in 8:41:10 to 8:41.16. It was a strong PB as she won the Fred Lebow 3000 meters!
The following weekend, at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Aisha Praught Leer battled Dawit Seyaum, Ethiopian silver medalist from the 2016 Portland World Indoors, only loosing to Seyaum in the final meters. Seyaum ran 4:04:38 and Aisha Praught Leet set another Jamaican NR for the 1,500 meters of 4:04.95.
At last weekends World Indoor championships, in Birmingham, England, Aisha Praught Leer was in the thick of the battle, finishing sixth in 4:12.86, after having battled Shelby Houlihan, Winny Chebet and Beatrice Chepkoech.
Watch for our series on Aisha Praught Leer, as she builds towards outdoor season and finding her limits!
Here’s a fun video we found from Under Armour on Aisha’s instagram. Watch for our video series on Aisha as we build towards the summer of 2018.