Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Flanagan all set to fly in New York


Shalane Flanagan will return to the scene of her greatest triumph this weekend when taking to the start line in Staten Island to defend her title at the New York City Marathon.

The Bowerman Track Club athlete has had a low-key year so far, coming home sixth in dire conditions at the Boston Marathon in April, the last race she completed. But the 37-year-old is confident of a stout title defence this weekend.

“My fitness is good, I couldn’t ask for better,” said Flanagan, who admits she has made no career plan beyond this Sunday. “Over the past two years I’ve acted as if each marathon is my last, not knowing where it’s going to take me. Until I cross the finish line, I honestly don’t know.”

In an interview with Runner’s World, Flanagan revealed she expects to be in contention with the leading elites, who include Vivian Cheruiyot, Mary Keitany and fellow American Des Linden.

“I feel like I can take big risks this year. That’s the beauty of being the defending champion. I’ve already accomplished what I really wanted, so now I have the ability to really do whatever I want,” Flanagan said. “I don’t feel the panicky desperation to win—I am calm and calculated, but also willing to do big things.

“If I have a presence and I’m a factor in the race, that to me is a winning scenario. I really just want to be an ultimate competitor up front.”

 

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