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Team USA’s Simpson claims nation’s first-ever medal in 1500

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Jennifer Simpson of the United States competes in the Women’s 1500 meter semifinals on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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In the storied history of USA Track and Field, one event in which the country had never claimed an Olympic medal was in the women’s 1500. Thanks to Jennifer Simpson, that’s no longer the case.

Simpson’s time of 4:10.53 was good enough to claim bronze in the final, with Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon taking gold by a comfortable margin. Simpson just missed out on silver, with Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba finishing in 4:10.27. Prior to Tuesday’s final the best finish by an American in this event was fifth, with Shannon Rowbury achieving that four years ago.

WATCH: Kenya’s Kipyegon takes gold, Simpson bronze in 1500m

Rowbury was also in the final, finishing fourth with a time of 4:11.05.

Kipyegon’s gold medal is the second for Kenya in the 1500, with the first being won in Beijing eight years ago.