Shalane Flanagan Breaks American Record at BAA 10K

Shalane Flanagan didn’t waste any time making her final race before this summer’s Olympic Games count. The four-time Olympian crushed the BAA course in a new American record of 30:52 Sunday in Boston. 

Flanagan told the Boston Herald that the race would serve as a tune-up before she and Bowerman Track Club teammate Amy Cragg compete in the marathon in Rio de Janeiro. Craig finished third overall in 31:31 behind runner-up Edna Kiplagat (31:06). 

Flanagan’s performance in Boston is an 11-second improvement on her previous 10K personal best from last year. 

“When Jerry [Schumacher] and Amy and I sat down to hash out our Olympic schedule, when to go to altitude, when to run a half-marathon, Jerry thought it would be a great idea to go some place and run something shorter like a fast 10K,” Flanagan told the Boston Herald before Sunday’s race. 

Flanagan and Cragg will return to Park City, Utah for one final stint at altitude training before the Games. The two training partners ran nearly synchronized during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last February. Despite intense heat, Cragg won the race over Desi Linden, and Flanagan managed to battle the heat through the line for a third-place finish overall and another Olympic berth. Cragg returned to the finish line to catch her as she fell to the ground in exhaustion. 

nullWhen asked if the training partners would continue the trend of working together at the Olympic Games, Flanagan told reporters in Boston that it would depend on the pace of the race. 

“I think we’ll assess when we get out there. If it’s a slower-paced race then we’ll find each other together, but if it’s a hard race we’ll just have to do what’s best for us and do whatever it takes for us to each have our best race,” Flanagan told reporters after her victory.

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From national record-breaking high school action in Virginia, to fast early-season collegiate marks across the country and a near American record at the Houston Half Marathon, this past weekend had a little bit of everything for track and field fans.

Emily Sisson Runs No. 2 U.S. All-Time Half Marathon

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With Caution, Emily Sisson Hopes For Fast Time At Houston Half Marathon

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HOUSTON (18-Jan) -- Emily Sisson has a very short résumé when it comes to the half marathon.  It is, nonetheless, impressive. 

In two starts at the distance, both at the United Airlines NYC Half in March of 2017 and 2018, she finished a close second to the winner.  In her first attempt she clocked 1:08:21 and was narrowly defeated by her training partner, Molly Huddle, who set the American record for an all-women's race: 1:08:19.  In the second, on a brutally cold and windy day, she lost by just one second to in a sprint finish to Ethiopia's Buze Diriba, clocking 1:12:24.  In those races, Sisson raced for position and wasn't focused on time.