Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shalane Flanagan to Get Upgrade to Olympic Silver

Shalane Flanagan will soon be the official 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters, after Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse was handed a retroactive doping ban and stripped of her results from August 2007 to 2009. The International Association of Athletics Federations made the announcement about Abeylegesse on Wednesday.

An Abeylegesse sample that was collected at the 2007 World Championships was retested and found to contain a banned steroid. Abeylegesse was initially the 10K silver medalist at that meet as well as the following year’s Olympics. Shalane was initially the bronze medalist at the 2008 Games in a then-American record (and still personal record) of 30:22.22.

After the IAAF announcement on Wednesday, Shalane said that she was elated by the news. The IAAF has told KIMbia that they’ve officially amended the 2008 Olympic results. The next step is for the International Olympic Committee to reallocate the medals.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Emily Infeld 2nd at U.S. 15K Championship


Emily Infeld made a rare off-track foray a successful on Saturday, taking second at the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Florida. The race served as the U.S. 15K championships for women and men.

In the longest road race of her life, Emily set a personal best of 49:42. Jordan Hasay won in 49:28, and Neely Spence Gracey was third in 49:47. Those two are deep in preparation for next month’s Boston Marathon, making Emily’s season opener that much more impressive.

“Starting to like these longer distances but excited to be back on the track for some 5k/10k action,” Emily wrote on Instagram after her race.

In the men’s race, won by Olympian Leonard Korir in 43:22, German Fernandez was 14th in 44:57 and Sean Quigley was 20th in 45:33.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Andrew Bumbalough Runs 2:13 Debut Marathon

In his debut at the distance, Andrew Bumbalough ran 2:13:58 to place 25th at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. The race was won in an event record of 2:03:58 by former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang.

Andrew met his goal of having his first marathon be a controlled learning experience. Before the race, he had said he’d be happy with a time between 2:11 and 2:14. He passed halfway in 1:06:15, then slowed over the second half, but never disastrously so. Mission accomplished!

Andrew’s road to a marathon start line was longer than originally planned. His 1:02:04 half marathon PR in March 2015 was to be the first step in a build-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in February 2016. Soon after that race, however, Andrew began to be plagued by what was ultimately diagnosed as a sports hernia, which required surgery in the summer of 2015. In 2016 he missed more time owing to a sacral stress fracture. He resumed running last July, and in November showed he was the Andrew Bumbalough with a 28:06 track 10,000.

Andrew now plans to recover from Tokyo before building for a summer track season.

 

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

KIMbia Runners Get in Their Weekend Miles

It was a busy weekend for KIMbia’s track athletes, with runners doing indoor miles at three different meets, highlighted by a huge Colleen Quigley PR and a resurgent Lopez Lomong.

Colleen got things off to an exciting start at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Friday. She ran 4:24.88 for second in the fast heat of the mile, just behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate and fellow 2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan (4:24.16). The two times were, briefly, world-leading marks until Saturday’s Millrose Games. More important, Colleen notched a 4-second PR.

At Millrose, Nicole Sifuentes placed 7th in the Wanamaker Mile in 4:29.27, and Izaic Yorks ran 4:01.64 for 10th in the men’s Wanamaker mile.

Later on Saturday, Lopez Lomong and Evan Jager went 1-2 in the fast heat of the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Both were time in 3:56.55, with Lopez getting the nod on place. Lopez’s run was his best race of the past year and an encouraging sign for 2017.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Amy Cragg Sets Half Marathon PR in Japan

Amy Cragg took almost a minute and a half off her half marathon personal best on Sunday, running 1:08:27 to finish second at the Marugame International Half Marathon in Japan. Olympic marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain won in 1:08:07.

Amy did a great job of pacing, hitting 10K in 32:21 and 20K in 64:56 (second 10K of 32:35).

Shalane Flanagan was also scheduled to run, but opted not to start the race. She’s been having lower back pain, which was made worse by the long flight to Japan.

The excellent blog Japan Running News has a full report on the race.

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