Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flanagan Closes In on Defar, Takes 2nd in Stockholm

She may have been closing down on the World Record holder, late in the XL-Galan 3000m, but Shalane Flanagan had to settle for second place on Tuesday, clocking an 8:39.18 to finish just over a two seconds behind Meseret Defar. The time is the second fastest of Flanagan’s career, indoors, and the third fastest performance in US history, just four one-hundredths out of second.

Shalane’s husband Steve Edwards weighed in with the following report:

Shalane was very pleased with today’s result. Stockholm’s reputation of being a world class meet went beyond her expectations. Her performance builds tremendous confidence leading up to cross country world champs in Spain. Simply put, the race reinforces Shalane’s goal of being Top 10 in Spain.

Indeed, contrary to Internet scuttlebutt that tabbed this an “American record attempt,” Flanagan’s focus remains on cross country through Worlds. Coach Jerry Schumacher admitted before the race that his charge was more strong than sharp for this, a race at the shorter end of her range, and Flanagan’s 8:39 performance even exceeded her coach’s expectations coming in.

Now, Shalane and the rest of Team USA will have a little over three weeks to finish their preparations for Punta Umbria.

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2 Responses to “Flanagan Closes In on Defar, Takes 2nd in Stockholm”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Road Race Management, KIMbia Athletics. KIMbia Athletics said: Straight from Stockholm! The inside scoop on @ShalaneFlanagan's 2nd place, 8:39.18! http://kimbia.net/?p=1474 [...]

  2. [...] After a Quick 3000, Flanagan Eyes a Top Ten Cross Country Finish Shalane Flanagan, the overwhelming victor at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships, didn't break her own American indoor 3000-meter record on Tuesday in Stockholm and she didn't beat world recordholder Meseret Defar either. But her 8:39.18 is the third fastest performance for the distance indoors in U.S. history and apparently surpassed her coach Jerry Schumacher's expectations at this stage.  Flanagan's husband Steve Edwards reports that his wife was "very pleased" with the result and that it "builds tremendous confidence leading up to cross country world champs in Spain. Simply put, the race reinforces Shalane’s goal of being Top 10 in Spain." More [...]