Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shalane Flanagan Betters Her U.S. 10K Road Record

On Sunday, for the second time this month, training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg set road PRs while deep in their build-up for August’s Olympic Marathon. On June 5, the distance was the half marathon. Today, it was 10K, and because Shalane started the race as the American record holder for the distance, a new PR meant a new American record.

Shalane won this morning’s B.A.A. 10K in Boston in 30:52, 11 seconds faster than the record she established in The Netherlands last September. She broke free from two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat in the final two kilometers.

“You have to really seize these kind of moments,” Shalane, who was born in nearby Marblehead, said after the race. “Here I am at home, my dad’s out here, I have family around, and it just seemed like a really special way to do my last race right before Rio. It kind of gives me chills just thinking about it. From here, it’s just really meaningful.”

Amy finished third in 31:31, more than a minute under her old road PR. Among those she beat were defending champion and world half marathon medalist Mary Wacera and world marathon medalist Aselefech Mergia.

“I am absolutely thrilled. For a shorter road race, that was the most competitive I’ve felt in an international field,” Amy saidadded Cragg. “I felt incredibly strong, and I train with the best girl that just broke the American record. That’s a big boost of confidence as well. I couldn’t be happier.”

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