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Gene Dykes sets marathon world record to win USATF Athlete of the Week

12/20/2018
 

Gene Dykes (Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania) broke the men’s masters 70-74 world record for the marathon to earn USATF Athlete of the Week for the second time this year.

 

Dykes, 70, ran 2:54:23 at the Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon to break the previous record of 2:54:48, set by Canada’s Ed Whitlock in 2004 at Toronto. Dykes also broke his own American 70-74 record of 2:55:22, set in October at Toronto. Earlier this year he set national records for 10K, 15K and the half marathon.


Full results are available here.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

 

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price; September 20, Charles Allie; September 27, Katelyn Tuohy; October 3, Sonja Friend-Uhl; October 10, Jeannie Rice; October 17, Grace Stark; October 24, Gene Dykes; October 31, Fiona Bayly; November 7, Emily Sisson; November 14, Zach Bitter; November 21, Dani Jones; November 28, Jenny Hitchings; December 5, Liam Anderson; December 12, Camille Herron; December 19, Gene Dykes.

 

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To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org.

 

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