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Flanagan nears marathon AR, wins USATF Athlete of the Week

10/1/2014
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan wins USA Track & Field Athlete of the week after setting a personal marathon best Sept. 28 in Berlin, where she finished in third place and less than two minutes shy of an eight-year standing American record.
 
Flanagan (Marblehead, Massachusetts) made her finish in 2:21:14, improving her lifetime best by 48 seconds and registering the second-fastest time in American history.
 
“I felt pretty good until the last 5K,” Flanagan told Runner’s World. “That pace takes its toll, though. It’s another PR, so I can’t really complain.”
 
Similar to Boston, Flanagan maintained an aggressive pace, cruising at 5:19 per mile as she led by 18 seconds at the midpoint. Her 25 km split was 1:22:36, ahead of the 1.24.36 markset by Janet Bawcom, and still tracking well on Deena Kastor’s marathon AR of 2:19:36 set in 2006.
 
“This will aid me in future marathons,” she continued. “Progress is always good, and this year I’ve dropped four minutes off my marathon time. I’ll look at my training and maybe work on being a little bit tougher in those last few miles. I'll take another shot at some point. Sometimes, it takes a couple of swings.”
 
Now in its 13th 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 www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
 
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; February 19, Bernard Lagat; February 26, Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen; July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn; July 21, Florence Meiler; July 28, Kaylin Whitney; August 4, Ed Burke; August 11, Cierra White; August 21, Gwen Berry; August 27, Myles Marshall; September 3, Gia Lewis Smallwood; September 10, Justin Gatlin; September 17, Dawn Harper-Nelson; September 24, Deena Kastor; October 1, Shalane Flanagan.
 
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