RIO DE JANEIRO — It only took one pep talk for Jenny Simpson to make history by winning the first-ever Olympic medal by a U.S. woman in the 1,500-meter.
“My coaches gave me a mantra coming into this race,” Simpson said. “Their mantra was to position the first two laps and the last two (laps), be a predator.”
The advice carried Simpson to a bronze medal. Despite a slow start, she surged to the front of the field of 12. A strong 300-meter rally was the difference, as Simpson crossed the finish line in four minutes, 10.53 seconds.
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya won the gold medal with a time of 4:08.92. World record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia finished second in 4:10.27.