Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Flanagan to return to New York


Shalane Flanagan is set to return to the scene of her greatest triumph by competing in this year’s New York City Marathon.

The 37-year-old will line up in the Big Apple on November 4 ready to take on the world’s best once again.

 “When I think about running New York, I get a feeling of ecstasy; my stomach turns,” she told the New York Times. “It’s like if you’re dating someone and it goes well and you want more.
“When I experienced winning New York last year, it was like when you’re sitting on your couch and finally something happens that you didn’t realize would happen and it excites you. But this was my real life! It was the outcome of always wanting it and not knowing if I was going to get it. And suddenly everything I’d worked for was validated. I got it.”
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Lomong storms to 3:53 mile in Raleigh


Lopez Lomong (photo by Jeff Benjamin) produced another powerful performance on Friday night to take victory in 3:53.86 over a mile at the Sir Walter Miler meeting in North Carolina, clocking the second fastest time ever run in the state to defeat Johnny Gregorek and Sam Prakel. Lomong led 13 men under the four-minute barrier.

“I held good position and was able to take advantage of it,” said the Bowerman Track Club athlete, who also noted how near he came to the North Carolina State Record (he missed it by 0.03), and his hopes to be able to break that record himself. “Next time,” said the newly minted Sir Walter Miler Champion.

It continues a resurgent 2018 for Lomong, who earlier this summer became US champion over 10,000m and has since competed across a range of distances, finishing fifth at the US road 10K championships before a second-place finish at the Morton Games in Ireland where he ran a 3:56.58 mile.

Full result below:

1 Lopez Lomong NIKE/Bowerman 3:53.86 3:39.40 1500m
2 Johnny Gregorek ASICS 3:54.53 3:39.91 1500m
3 Sam Prakel Unattached 3:54.64 3:39.52 1500m
4 Pat Casey Under Armour 3:54.66 3:39.80 1500m
5 Ben Blankenship NIKE/Oregon Tr 3:54.88 3:40.34 1500m
6 Craig Engels NIKE/Nike Oreg 3:55.12 3:40.44 1500m
7 Sean McGorty Unattached 3:55.21 3:39.97 1500m
8 Hassan Mead NIKE/Oregon Tr 3:55.91 3:40.35 1500m
9 Charlie Marquardt Bryn Mawr Runnin 3:55.97 3:40.96 1500m
10 Robert Domanic Unattached 3:56.66 3:41.40 1500m
11 Graham Crawford HOKA NJNYTC 3:56.79 3:41.80 1500M
12 Jacob Thomson adidas/Boston At 3:57.07 3:41.08 1500m
13 Cristian Soratos adidas 3:59.16 3:43.20 1500m

ongrats to Lopez Lomong, on his 3:53.86 mile win, leading 13 Under 4:00, and setting State record!!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kimbia crew impress in California


World steeplechase medalist Evan Jager opened his season with a win at the Bryan Clay Invitational last week in California, an event where several of his Kimbia colleagues were also in action.

Jager took a narrow win over Isaac Kimeli of Belgium in the men’s 5000m, holding on down the home stretch to break the tape in 13:24.77, just in front of Kimeli in 13:24.92. Suguru Osako of the Nike Oregon Project was third in 13:29.11. This was Jager’s third race of the year, having finished fifth at the USATF Cross Country Championships and clocked a 3:58 mile indoors. Fellow Kimbia athlete Lopez Lomong was unable to finish in the same race.

Earlier this week, Jager announced his first steeplechase outing of the season will come at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, which takes place on May 26 in Hayward Field. The Olympic silver medalist will take on his conqueror in Rio, Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who will go to Eugene fresh from victory at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this month. Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, 22, the silver medalist at last year’s World Outdoor Championships, is also in the field.

In the women’s 5000m, Amy Cragg failed to finish in her first outing since clocking 2:21:42 to finish third at the Tokyo Marathon in February.

Colleen Quigley started the outdoor season the way she raced indoors – impressively – as she took second place in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.01, not far behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shelby Houlihan (4:06.07).

Courtney Frerichs finished ninth in the same race in 4:14.62, her first race since last year’s outdoor track season. Full results here.

At the USATF Road Mile Championships in Iowa, Henry Wynne finished 13th in 4:07.99, a race won by Riley Masters in 4:03.99.

Results: 5000m , Bryan Clay Invitational

1. Evan Jager – Nike/BowermanTC 13:24.77
2. Isaac Kimeli 13:24.92 Belgium
3. Suguru Osako- Nike Oregon Project 13:29.11
4. Sydney Gidabuday JR – Adams State 13:29.31
5.Robin Hendrix- Unattached 13:29.57
6. Matthew Baxter SR – Northern Arizona 13:31.00
7. Colby Gilbert SR – Washington 13:41.88
8. Cooper Teare FR – Oregon 13:46.46
9.  Joe Hardy SR – Wisconsin 13:46.85
10. Futsum Zienasellassie – Hoka One One / NAZ Elite 13:47.09

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Brilliant Bumbalough takes fifth as Flanagan battles to seventh in Boston


On what proved a gruelling day for all competitors, Kimbia athletes Andrew Bumbalough and Shalane Flanagan battled to strong performances at the Boston Marathon today, Bumbalough turning in a superb performance to finish fifth in 2:19:52, less than four minutes behind race winner Yuki Kawauchi and just over a minute off a podium finish.

Flanagan, meanwhile, endured a rough time in the conditions, with freezing temperatures, driving rain and a constant headwind hammering the runners throughout. In a race won by fellow American Desi Linden in 2:39:54, Flanagan battled to seventh place in 2:46:31.

“It was basically the nastiest conditions you could imagine running in,” said Bumbalough. “I made the decision early not to go with the lead group, it just felt a little quick for the day and we had a nice solid group of guys that stayed together for a long time. I’m really happy with the decision I made to run a pace I knew I could run for the day and see what that got me. I never anticipated how much the front group would blow up but I made the exact decision I wanted to.

“We run in pretty tough conditions in Portland, but it’s never like this. This was a deluge, an atmospheric river. I knew it was going to be tough. I didn’t realize it would be as tough as it was, but I was ready.”

It was Bumbalough’s first time cracking the top five at a major marathon. “Fifth place is great, I beat dudes I had no business beating,” he said.

His interview with Letsrun.com afterwards:

In the women’s race, reigning New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan endured a tough day at the office, the Marblehead native forced to make a quick pitstop early in the race to use the portable bathroom. She soon rejoined the lead pack, but when the field began to splinter in the latter of the race, Flanagan was soon detached. Nonetheless, on a day where more than half of the elite fields failed to finish, Flanagan drew on all her resolve to reach the finish at Boylston Street.


Linden had told Flanagan early in the race that she planned to drop out, but she nonetheless helped Flanagan to rejoin the pack after her bathroom break. “She said: ‘I’ll help you get back to the pack,’” said Flanagan. “I like Des and I don’t mind talking to my friends when I’m racing. I think she wanted me to know if she could help me out, if she was going to drop out, she was willing to help me.”

On her end result, Flanagan said: “It was good, but not what I wanted. Boston is known as being a magical place, but you never know what you’re going to get. There’s nothing easy about Boston.”

Men’s result 


Women’s result

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Flanagan, Bumbalough ready for battle in Boston


As she prepares for Monday’s Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan says she is in similar shape to last November, when the Bowerman Track Club athlete memorably claimed victory at the New York City Marathon.

Flanagan told Letsrun.com that her training has gone well and she believes she’s prepared to make a bold bid for her first victory in the race.

“Good, yeah, no complaints,” she said, when quizzed about her shape. “I did some sessions that were a little bit hillier to get ready for the course in Boston. It went really well so I feel safe to say I’m in similar shape to New York.”

Asked whether it will be her last marathon, Flanagan said: “I don’t know. I think it’ll probably be my last Boston, but I don’t know if it’ll be my last marathon.”

Flanagan’s life became a whirlwind in the immediate aftermath of her victory in New York, but the Marblehead native has since returned to normality as she’s laid down a heavy training block in preparation for Boston.

“After New York, I was really fatigued doing a lot of extracurricular activities and I was still running and trying to train at the same time,” she said. “And it’s really exhausting trying to do both. I was more fatigued going into this buildup because I didn’t really get a break or rest or Sanything.”

Monday’s weather is set to prove suitably adverse, with cold temperatures, rain and a headwind set to greet runners at the start in Hopkinton.

“I don’t see it as a disadvantage,” said Flanagan. “I train in conditions that are pretty similar in Oregon to what the forecast is. In general I like to have races where it’s as fair as possible, but I’m not opposed to this weather. I’m totally fine with it.”

In the men’s race, Andrew Bumbalough will be the sole representative for Kimbia, the 31-year-old bringing a PB of 2:13:58 to the race. He ran that in Tokyo in February 2017, and followed that up with a 13th place finish in Chicago last October. If things fall right for him on Monday, a top-10 finish may well be on the cards.

 

 

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