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.


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

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