Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alexa Efraimson finishes fifth in 1500m at world U20 champs...

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland—Camas native Alexa Efraimson (above/photo by John Nepolitan/ moved up one spot from her 2014 world under-20 championship placing in the women’s 1500, as she finished fifth on the final day of the IAAF World Under 20 Championships at Stadion Zawisza Sunday afternoon.

Efraimson, who entered the meet with the fastest personal best of the field at 4:03.39, was content to sit behind Great Britain’s Bobby Clay as she led through the first two laps.  Efraimson took the lead at the kilo mark, then yielded the lead to Ethiopia’s Adanech Anbesa. 

Efraimson moved to take the lead with 200 to go, but Anbesa and teammate Fantu Worku pulled away to go 1-2 in 4:08.07, and 4:08.43, respectively.

Meanwhile, Montana prep star Christina Aragon, who will be an incoming freshman at Stanford, charged past Efraimson, along with Kenya’s Winfred Mbithe, as they went 3-4 in 4:08.71 and 4:09.25, respectively.  Aragon earned the USA’s first ever medal in this event at the world U20 championships.

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