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Evan Ranked #2 in the World for 2016

For the second time in the last three years, Track & Field News has ranked Evan second in the world in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The ranking was pretty much a no-brainer, given Evan's Olympic silver behind Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto, who got the gold in Rio and the 2016 #1 spot.

Evan, of course, got the top U.S. ranking in the steeple. It was his fifth straight such ranking since 2012, the year he took up the event. The last American man to have a longer streak at #1 in the steeple was Henry Marsh, who was ranked the top U.S. steepler from 1978 through 1983.

Evan also picked up a #7 ranking on the U.S. 5K list, and tied with 1500-meter Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz for 5th in the overall U.S. rankings.

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Evan Ends Season With Yearly Best

Evan finished out the best season of his career in great style on Friday, placing second in the steeplechase in Brussels in 8:04.01, his fastest time of the year. Evan was just behind Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, who capped his undefeated season with the victory in 8:03.74.

Evan and Kipruto broke free of the rest of the pack in the second kilometer. Evan ran just off Kipruto’s shoulder into the last lap. He started to come even over the last water jump, but then stumbled a bit coming out of the pit. Evan regrouped and again almost pulled even approaching the final barrier, but was unable to close the gap over the last 50 meters.

Back in March Evan said he had only two goals for the year: make the Olympic team, then medal in Rio. He accomplished both, and then some, repeating as Trials champion, followed by earning the Olympic silver medal, the best Olympic showing by an American steepler since 1952.

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Evan Takes 3rd in Zurich Weltklasse 5,000

After making a bold front-running bid for victory, Evan placed third in the 5,000 at Zurich's Weltklasse meet on September 1. He finished in 13:16.86, behind Olympic bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia and Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo of the United States.

Evan was the only one to go with the two pacemakers, Hillary Maiyo and Cornelius Kangogo of Kenya. They passed through the first kilometer in 2:34.44, the pace assigned to the rabbits before the race. Nonetheless, after 1,600 meters Evan and the pacemakers had almost 100 meters on the chase pack.

"I was ready for a really fast, really hard race," Evan told Race Results Weekly. "We thought the race was going to go fast, thought everyone wanted to run fast. I just tried to get off the line pretty hard and set myself in... But no one went out, it was the weirdest thing."

Evan took possession of the lead in the fourth kilometer, but was unable to keep building his lead on his own. The hard-charging Gebrhiwet passed Evan entering the final straight.

"I just came up 100 meters short, which is brutal, but I'm happy with how I raced for sure," Evan said.

Evan will conclude his outdoor season with one last steeplechase in Brussels, on Friday, September 9.

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Evan Wins Olympic Silver Medal

With brave front running in the middle of the race, then a strong sprint in the final straightaway, Evan Jager won the silver medal in the Olympic steeplechase final on Wednesday morning. Both Evan (8:04.28) and gold medalist Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya (8:03.28) bettered the previous Olympic record of 8:05.51.

“I’m extremely happy,” Evan told Runner’s World. “It was indescribable. It was a lot of years of hard work and daydreaming and dreaming about the moment all coming true. I didn’t know I had a medal wrapped up until 100 meters to go. As soon as I got over the last barrier, I could fully enjoy it and that was very fun.”

Evan’s is the first Olympic medal by an American man in the steeple since Brian Diemer won bronze in 1984. His silver is the best U.S. showing in the Olympics since Horace Ashenfelter won in 1952.

In perhaps the ultimate compliment, two-time Olympic and four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi said after the race, “One day, one time, Evan Jager from the United States will be world champion or the Olympic champion.”

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Evan Repeats as Olympic Trials Steeple Champ

Make that Evan Jager, two-time Olympian. The U.S. record holder won his fifth straight national steeplechase title, and second consecutive Olympic Trials, Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Taking over in the second half of the race, Evan won in 8:22.48.

After a slow opening, Evan took the lead in the third full lap and stayed there to the end. A 64-second lap started to split the field, and subsequent 62-second circuits finished everyone off.

Back in February, Evan said he cares about only two races this year, the Olympic Trials final and the Olympic final. So far, so good!

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Evan Finishes Second at San Silvestre Vallecana 10K - Madrid

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Evan Finishes Second at San Silvestre Vallecana 10K - Madrid

Picture courtesy of @bilbaoatletismo

Picture courtesy of @bilbaoatletismo

Making his 10k road racing debut on New Year's Eve, Evan ran a strong race from start to finish, placing second overall in 28:56 at the San Silvestre Vallecana race. He ran with the lead pack for the entire race, only losing to defending champion Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (formerly Mike Kigen). Accompanied by 40,000 runners, the Madrid race ranks as one of the top 20 largest in the world.

Nike and Madrid sure know how to put on a road race!!! 40,000+ people! #werunmad @nikerunning

A video posted by Evan Jager (@evanjager) on

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