Former Badger Evan Jager becomes first American to medal at IAAF world championship

August 11, 2017

Evan Jager has a knack for making American history in the steeplechase.

Two years after setting the United States record and a year after winning silver at the 2016 Olympics, the former UW athlete became the first American to medal at the world championships thanks to a third-place showing at the IAAF meet in London.

An All-American at UW during the 2009 season, Jager crossed the line in 8 minutes, 15.53 seconds, a second behind winner Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya and Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali.

Jager led for a majority of the 7½-lap-race but lost the lead to Kipruto, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, with just over 200 meters to go.

Jager became the first UW athlete to medal at the world championships since Reggie Torian earned silver in the 60 hurdles at the 1999 indoors.