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.READ MORE: Man, Woman Robbed At Gunpoint In Bucktown
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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Temperature Drop Friday Morning
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.MORE NEWS: South Shore Woman Sees Police Activity After Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Only To Find Out It Was Her Own Beloved Brother
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.