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TOKYO, Japan – Nixa native Courtney Frerichs finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase final, winning the silver medal in Tokyo.

Frerichs set the pace early, leading for the majority of the race, and was able to hold on to finish second with a time of 9:04.79. Once she crossed the finish line, she raised her hands above her head and let out a big smile.

This was the best American finish ever in the steeplechase at the Olympics, and just the second medal won by an American in the race at the Olympics.

Frerichs qualified for the final by winning her heat earlier in the games with a time of 9:19.34.

Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai won the gold medal, finishing in 9:01.45.

Family, friends and fans cheered Frerichs on during a watch party at Big Whiskey’s in Nixa. Below is video from Big Whiskey’s as Frerichs passes the finish line.

Frerichs attended University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of New Mexico.