Tonight, Erdmann fell well short of the IAAF “A” standard with her 34:15 finish tonight in Portland, OR. Around two miles, the race would turn south for The Chaser. She had to run a string of 76.5-second laps to run the “A” standard of 31:45, but after about 13 laps, she needed a monumental rally for it to happen (there were even reference on the broadcast to Lasse Viren’s Olympic 10k world record from ’72).
Determined and gutsy to the finish, Erdmann chose to complete the race even though 31:45 flashed on the scoreboard around 9300m.
Nearly a month ago, Erdmann was on the upswing with an incredible third place finish at the U.S. Championships. Tonight, she looked like a shadow of her former self from Des Moines.
In her pre-race interview with Flotrack from last week, Erdmann was full of confidence that either her or her teammate, Jordan Hasay, would hit the “A” standard. Unfortunately, both women fell short. Hasay came up just one agonizing second short earlier Sunday night while Erdmann wasn’t even in the same ballpark.
If it’s any consolation for the two, even if Hasay had run the “A” and given Erdmann the opportunity to make the team via the “B” standard (32:05), she simply didn’t have it today.
The extent of Erdmann’s achilles injury is not currently known, but if we had to guess, it must have affected her preparation for the assault on the mark.
So, it’s over. We can finally stop explaining all of the hypothetical scenarios to confused fans. The women’s World Championship 10k team that will compete in Moscow will be Shalane Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, and Amy Hastings.
Thanks for tuning into The Chase. We hope it was as nerve-wracking for you as it was for us.
|Lap Number||Lap Split||Total Time||Suggested Splits|
|13||82.7||16:49.7 (5k - 16:09)||16:31.25 (5k split 15:53)|