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Evan Jager Wins U.S. First Men's Steeplechase Medal In 32 Years

By Craig Bohnert | Aug. 17, 2016, 11:55 a.m. (ET)

Evan Jager celebrates with the American flag after winning the silver medal in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Evan Jager won the silver medal in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase Wednesday afternoon at Rio's Olympic Stadium, giving the U.S. its first medal in the event since Brian Diemer's bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

Jager ran a season-best 8:04.28 to finish one second behind Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto, who set an Olympic record with his time of 8:03.28. Jager's time also was under the old Olympic record of 8:05.51, which had stood since the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya won the bronze with a time of 8:08.47. Two other Americans finished in the top 10: Hillary Bor was eighth with a personal best time of 8:22.74, while Donald Cabral was ninth in 8:25.81.

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