As her running career has progressed, Jenny Simpson often has cited the wisdom she has gained as a critical component of her ongoing success.

Among those learning lessons has been the ability to take the pulse of a race as it unfolds, leaving Simpson with room to charge as the finish line nears.

The former Colorado All-American and 2016 Olympic medalist once again used that approach to perfection on Monday, unleashing a tireless kick to come away with a silver medal in the 1,500-meter run at the IAAF World Championships in London.

Simpson finished in 4 minutes, 2.76 seconds, nearly catching Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (4:02.59) for the gold medal. South Africa's Caster Semenya (4:02.90) captured the bronze medal. Kipyegon also was the gold medalist at last year's Rio Olympics.

Simpson was able to advance out of the preliminary heats (4:08.92) and semifinals (4:05.40) with relatively stress-free efforts, clearly leaving more than enough energy in her tanks for a final push in Monday's championship heat.

Simpson's silver medal comes one year after she won the bronze medal in the 1,500-meter run at the Rio Games. It also continues a successful career at the world championships, adding to a medal collection in the 1,500 that includes a gold medal in 2011 and another silver medal in 2013.

Simpson won't be the only former CU Buffaloes standout aiming for a medal this week. Like Simpson, Emma Coburn became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in her event last year, capturing bronze in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Coburn will attempt to back that effort with another medal at the world championships as the preliminary heats of the women's steeplechase begin Wednesday afternoon.


Assuming Coburn advances, the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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