Sunday, February 25, 2018

Third in Tokyo for Classy Cragg in 2:21:42

Amy Cragg turned in a stunning performance at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday morning, finishing third in a huge lifetime best of 2:21:42, taking more than five minutes off her previous best of 2:27:03.

That moved her to number five on the all-time US list, and left her just 23 seconds behind runner-up Ruti Aga. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba in 2:19:51. Cragg had run with the leading women up until 30K, at which point she was still on 2:20 pace, and though she couldn’t match Dibaba in the closing miles, she showed immense resolve to fight to the finish in third, rewarded with a place among the greats of American marathoning.

US women’s all-time list (via
2:19:36 Deena Kastor 2006 London
2:20:57 Jordan Hasay 2017 Chicago
2:21:14 Shalane Flanagan 2014 Berlin
2:21:21 Joan Benoit Samuelson 1985 Chicago
2:21:42 Amy Cragg 2018 Tokyo

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flanagan flies to fast 3000m in Seattle

Shalane Flanagan had another impressive showing at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Washington on Saturday afternoon, the 36-year clocking a season’s best of 8:43.28 to finish second in the women’s 3000m behind Dutch middle distance star Sifan Hassan, the reigning world indoor 1500m champion.

Flanagan has recently begun preparations for the Boston Marathon in April, where she will seek to win her first title at the race to add to her historic victory in New York last November. A fortnight ago she opened her 2018 campaign with an 8:55.11 clocking for 3000m to win in Seattle, and today she carved 12 seconds off that time, something that will leave the Bowerman Track Club athlete high on confidence as she returns to heavy mileage ahead of Boston. Both Hassan’s time of 8:34.45 and Flanagan’s were under the previous meeting record.

Also in action in Seattle was Lopez Lomong, who finished fifth in the men’s mile in 3:59.75. That carved more than four seconds off his previous season’s best, which he ran in Seattle in his opener a fortnight ago.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cragg trains sights on Tokyo

Amy Cragg is set to kick off her 2018 campaign at the Tokyo Marathon next month, the 34-year-old looking to carve a chunk off her personal best of 2:27:03.

Cragg, who memorably claimed the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London, spoke to Erin Strout at Runner’s World earlier today and explained that she will hope to be competitive in her first Marathon Major of the year.

“You can’t ever go into a [World Marathon Major] and say you’re just going to run for time. It’s just impossible. Even if that’s the plan going into it, when you get in the race you’re going to be competitive. There are these amazing women in there. As much as I’d like to say that it’s just about the PR and running fast, there’s also going to be competition as well. When it comes down to it at the end, I’d pick a higher place finish over a faster time. But as of right now, going into it, it’s going to be about running fast.”

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Flanagan off to a fast start in 2018

Shalane Flanagan has started her year as she ended the last – with victory. The 36-year-old took the win in an indoor 3000m race in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, her first outing of the 2018 campaign and her first race since taking a memorable victory at the New York City Marathon in November.

Flanagan, 36, cruised to victory in 8:55.11 over Mel Lawrence (8:57.83) and Amy Eloise-Neale (9:01.96).

“I wouldn’t say my track confidence is super-high,” she told FloTrack afterwards. “Two months ago I was running some great track workouts but obviously you have to let the body rest. I’m more of a racer than a trainer so I wanted to get out here, put on the bib and get a hard effort.”

Flanagan is now ramping up her training in preparation for the Boston Marathon in April, where she will be the headline attraction in what is essentially a hometown race for her.

“I definitely feel a little bit at peace in my soul having won a major. If I walked away tomorrow I feel happy as an athlete and a person, but there was still that one lingering tick of the box that I really, really wanted and I just couldn’t let that go.

“I felt a little more stressed trying to accommodate requests and training at the same time. I’ve one more week of some fun things ahead of me then it’s all about the training. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Flanagan set to return to Boston Marathon

Shalane Flanagan
has chosen to hold off on retirement as she bids to win the Boston Marathon for the first time, the title sponsor John Hancock announced on Monday.

The 36-year-old took victory at the New York City Marathon last month and afterward, said she was undecided about the future, hinting that it may have been her last race. However, the Marblehead, Massachusetts native will now toe the line once more at her home marathon, which she has completed three times already: finishing fourth, fifth and ninth in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.

She will face a strong line-up of fellow Americans, with Jordan Hasay, Desi Linden, Molly Huddle and Deena Kastor all in opposition, along with last year’s winner, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.

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