World champion gold medalist and silver medalist, and Olympic silver medalist at the steeplechase, Emma Coburn will be competing tonight at the Reggie. We look forward to seeing her compete at the 2020 NB Indoor GP. Emma is competing in the Women’s 2 miles tonight, at 7:17 pm tonight, should be a barn burner.
Emma Coburn, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics
Emma Coburn is the finest competitive steeplechaser in American history. An Olympic silver medalist, a World Champion and a World silver medalist, Emma Coburn has honed her hurdling skills, but most importantly, her competitive skill set and fitness level and her focus, to compete on the world stage.
In her gold medal performance in 2017, Emma Coburn defeated Beatrice Chepkoech, who had a nightmare race in 2017, missing a barrier and having to repeat it. Emma Coburn kept her cool, leading a gold, silver performance by the USA, something never done before!
In 2019, in Doha, Emma Coburn was racing the world record holder, and Chepkoech made no mistakes in taking gold. Emma Coburn raced perhaps the finest competitive race of her career, hurdling supremely and breaking away to earn the silver medal.
Her husband/coach, Joe Bosshard, should get some accolades, but Emma Coburn has emerged as a global player in any race that she is in. Emma Coburn gets the highest accolade I can give: she is the female version of Horace Ashenfelter, the late Olympian who took gold in 1952 Helsinki, against the Soviet world record holder.
Emma Coburn races today at the Reggie Lewis! Enjoy seeing one of our countries brightest Olympic medal hopes for 2020. What color of medal will she add in Tokyo?
The journey to Tokyo begins in Roxbury, MA.
Update, Jan 26: Emma was third last night, behind a sprinting Elle Purrier and fit Dominique Scott. Emma Coburn was three seconds behind the winner, and just not racing fit yet. Tokyo is a long way off.