By Karen Price | Aug. 08, 2017, 5:28 p.m. (ET)

Evan Jager leads in men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on Aug. 8, 2017 in London.

 

Two-time Olympian Evan Jager won the first-ever medal by an American man in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships on Tuesday, earning the bronze medal with a time of 8:15:53.

Defending Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, of Kenya, won in 8:14:12 with Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali claiming silver in 8:14:49.

Jager is the reigning Olympic silver medalist and the current North American record holder in the event. 

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Jager made a move midway through the race and went to the front of the pack, and with one lap to go it was down to the three eventual medalists out in front. Kipruto pulled out ahead and then El Bakkali passed Jager as well, but the 28-year-old from Algonquin, Illinois, was able to hold off France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi, the two-time Olympic silver medalist who finished in 8:15:80, for the bronze medal. 

Jager won his heat on Sunday with a time of 8:20.36, the fastest time of the day. His top finish in the world championships prior to Tuesday was a fifth-place finish in 2013.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.