Monday, February 25, 2013

Flanagan Half PB Now #3 American All-Time

It was a small personal best. But by running 68:32 on Sunday’s Rock ‘n Roll Half in New Orleans,¬†Shalane Flanagan¬†moved into the #3 spot on the US all-time performer list, ahead of the legendary Joan Benoit Samuelsson. Shaving five seconds off a previous lifetime best of 68:37, the Massachusetts-native leap-frogged her fellow New England star in Samuelsson, and showed very good fitness for the Boston Marathon on April 15th.

Shalane finished as runner-up in the race to two-time Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar, beating teammate (and US #2) Kara Goucher and Olympian Helen Clitheroe to do so. Flanagan now owns three of the top 10 American performances all-time — despite never training specifically for a race at the 13.1-mile distance.

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5 Responses to “Flanagan Half PB Now #3 American All-Time”

  1. Donna (Shannon) Goguen says:

    WOW!!! WTG Shalane. You are an amazing women and we are all very proud of you. Will be sending good thoughts and prayers your way for the BOSTON Marathon. You will have lots of family along the run cheering you on. GOOD LUCK and GOD BLESS. I work with a Dr. that saw you race once and she said you are amazing to watch. And she was excited that she could say she knew your cousin. I got a kick out of it.

  2. Maria says:

    Congrats!!!! Where is the list of top women half marathoners?

  3. Carrie Page says:

    Congrats!! You are going to crush Boston! Proud to say I once upon a time used to be able to keep up with you on track runs :) – grab a beer after the Marathon! (you’ll just have to wait an hour for me to finish!)

  4. Kathleen Shannon says:

    WTG Shalane!! All your Shannon cousins are watching and cheering for you!!! Looking forward to the Boston Marathon!!! See you there!!