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Jager Misses Medal in Olympics Steeplechase

Evan Jager of the United States jumps as he competes in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Evan Jager of the United States jumps as he competes in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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LONDON (CBS) – Algonquin-native Evan Jager finished sixth in the final of the Men’s Steeplechase Sunday at the London Olympics.

Jager had a time of 8:23.87 but that was five seconds off the time of the gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya who finished at 8:18.56.

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France took the silver in 8:19.08, while Kenya’s Abel Kiprop Mutai won the bronze in 8:19.73.

Jager earned a spot in the Men’s Steeplechase Final after finishing second in his qualifying heat on Friday. The Algonquin-native and 2007 Jacobs High graduate finished with a time of 8:16.61 to qualify for the final.

Jager is the American record holder in the Steeplechase. Believe it or not, Friday’s finish was just his sixth time running the race. The 23-year old took up the Steeplechase on a whim after competing in 1,500-meter and 5K. This was his first Olympics appearance.