Praught produced her stunner late, catching world U20 record holder Celliphine Chespol off the final hurdle of the 3000m steeplechase to take a shock victory in 9:21.00. It’s one thing for Kenya to lose a Commonwealth distance title to Uganda, but a Jamaican winning the steeplechase – it is indeed a changing world.
The US training and experience, the coaching from an Olympic steeple bronze medallist in Rowland, and the Jamaican sprint genes all came together as she closed down Chespol’s 30-metre lead and then sprinted past to a famous win. Defending champion Purity Kirui finished third.
Praught has represented Jamaica in major championships for several years now, but she told Race Results Weekly in 2015 she felt like “a novelty” at first.
Not any more, you would think.