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Shalane Flanagan wins top post in Summer olympics women’s marathon

January 16, 2012

In a record-setting performance Shalane Flanagan won the top spot in this summer’s Olympics in London. A Marbleheader (Class of 2000), the 30-year-old is just hitting her running prime. Three minutes better than her personal best, Shalane ran a 2:25:38 marathon in Houston’s qualifier, besting a field of 152 elite female runners. She will represent the United States in the Olympics (July 27 to August 12) this summer. Flanagan described the day as one to remember and recounted that she persevered over the last mile by thinking of it as “track race.” Disiree Davila was only 18 seconds behind her.

Flanagan won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and she also competed in the 2004 Olympics without a medal. She also holds the current US records in the 10,000 (outdoors), 5,000 (indoors) and 3,000 (indoors) races.

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