Jenny Simpson

American middle-distance runner and steeplechaser

Jenny Simpson (née Barringer; born August 23, 1986) is an American middle- and long-distance runner, formerly a steeplechaser. She won the gold medal in the 1500 meters at the 2011 World Championships, silvers at the 2013 and 2017 World Championships, and a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the event.

Jenny Simpson in 2016 Olympics


  • The race, I`m a little sad. The time, I`m like, Wow. I`m stoked,..I`m really happy about the time. I knew I had it in me. This is a place to pop this kind of PR. I`m really pleased with the time.
  • My actual finish down the straightaway is something I`m proud of,...That kick isn`t going anywhere.
  • There was nothing wrong, I was in good shape. I felt good. I just ran really poorly. Two days ago (20 July 2012) I scared everyone and I cut it too close (in round 1). I am in good enough shape, but I have to realise there are more components to racing than putting one foot in front of each other.

Quotes about Jenny Simpson

  • She was pretty far back, but she is smart and was on splits that were good for her, and she trusted that there would be victims of the early pace, which there were,...She closed hard and it`s a style that she really enjoys. Her last kilometer was about 3:01, which is really fast. She ‘PRed` by 10 seconds and we are thrilled.
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