Moline’s Aisha Praught Leer was disqualified in the finals of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday at the World Track and Field championships in London.
Praught, who runs for Jamaica, was fourth in the qualifying on Wednesday. Team Jamaica indicated on Twitter shortly after the race that it was uncertain what Praught did to be disqualified.
Praught was disqualified in the preliminaries at the 2015 World championships when it was ruled that she cut the turn to a water jump.
Jamaican track and field announcer Donald Smith also expressed his thoughts on Twitter, saying “Aisha Praught must be unluckiest runner in Jamaica's history. Always something happening; too much drama!!!’’
Americans Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs pulled a stunning upset in the race, finishing 1-2. Defending champion Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya earned the bronze medal.
Coburn took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to finish in a championship record of 9 minutes, 2.58 seconds. Frerichs was 1.19 seconds behind, holding off Jepkemoi in a sprint finish.
Reese of U.S. wins title: Brittney Reese of the United States won her fourth world title in the long jump Friday with a mark of 7.02 meters.
Reese won the Olympic gold medal in the same stadium five years ago.
Darya Klishina of Russia, competing as a neutral athlete because of her country's doping past, took silver with a jump of 7.00 meters. Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta of the United States took bronze with her last jump of 6.97 meters.
Schippers gets 200 gold: On a night of even more upsets, Dafne Schippers restored some normalcy Friday when she proved again she is the fastest woman over 200 meters at the world championships.
The Dutchwoman dipped at the line just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou in another extremely close race to defend her title in 20.05 seconds.
Poland's Fajdek wins gold: In the men's hammer throw, Poland got another gold when Pawel Fajdek won his third straight title. Valeriy Pronkin of Russia, also competing as a neutral athlete, took silver ahead of Wojciech Nowicki of Poland.
Going into the closing weekend, the United States has eight gold medals. Kenya is second with three. Overall, the Americans have 23 medals, 15 more than second-place Kenya.