National record for Aisha Praught-Leer who qualifies for both Olympics, World Champs

By May 17, 2019
Praught-Leer (centre) celebrating her new national record with training partner Emma Coburn (left) and Corey McGhee on Thursday night. Praught-Leer (centre) celebrating her new national record with training partner Emma Coburn (left) and Corey McGhee on Thursday night.

Jamaica’s new long-distance queen Aisha Praught-Leer set a new national record for the 5000m at the USATF Distance Class held at the Jack Kemp Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion came home in a personal best 15:07.50 finishing second behind her Under Armour teammate Rachel Schneider who stopped the clock at 15:06.71.

It was the first time she was running the event as a professional.

Praught-Leer’s time eclipsed the 24-year-old previous Jamaican national record set by Yvonne Graham in Berlin on September 1. 1995.

She was elated at the performance as she continues to establish herself in the annals of Jamaica’s track and field.

“This is what dreams are made of. I got to follow my buddies around the track to a new national record,” she posted on Instagram about the performance that was inside the 2020 Olympic Games qualifying standard of 15:10.00, and also comfortably inside of the 15:22.00 qualifying standard for the 2019 IAAF World Championships.

She praised her training partner Emma Coburn, who raced as a pacesetter and American middle distance runner Corey McGhee for helping her achieve her objective.

“I couldn’t be prouder to be a #bosslady as my teammates @emmacoburn and @corymcgeeruns selflessly created an opportunity for me to achieve a goal,” Praught-Leer said.

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