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Jordan Hasay earns second 2017 USATF Athlete of the Week honors following Boston Marathon debut

4/26/2017
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- 25-year-old Jordan Hasay (Arroyo Grande, California) ran a stunning marathon debut at the 2017 Boston Marathon, finishing third in the women’s race and marking the fastest debut by an American woman in 2:23:00. Hasay is now the fourth-fastest marathoner in USATF history.


Hasay maintained a steady pace with established marathon runners throughout the course, finishing behind winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya (2:21:52) and second-place finisher of Bahrain Rose Chelimo (2:22:51).


Hasay dedicated her performance to her mother, Teresa, who passed away unexpectedly last November at the age of 56.


This is Hasay’s second USATF Athlete of the Week honors of 2017; she was previously highlighted in January for an impressive half marathon debut at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.


Other notable performances:

  • 2016 Olympic gold medalist Phyllis Francis (Bryan, Texas) set the women’s 4x400m team at IAAF World Relays up for success with a 50.42 first leg, giving the U.S. a lead that was never relinquished as the race continued. Team USATF won in a world-leading time of 3:24.36 to capture its third straight gold medal in the event. Francis also competed in the women’s 4x200m for Team USATF, running the anchor leg in the preliminary round. Francis ran down Lisa Mayer of Germany to finish in 1:31.06, the fastest first round time.

  • LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Virginia) proved his IAAF World Relays mastery yet again with a dominating anchor leg in the men’s 4x400m. In a tight race to the finish, Merritt overtook Botswana’s 18-year-old Karabo Sibanda to win for the U.S. in 3:02.13.

  • Clayton Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) fought hard in the final leg of the men’s 4x800m at World Relays, battling against Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich until the final curve. Murphy presumed the lead to win gold for the U.S. in 7:13.16.  

  • Three-time Olympian Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) was the highest-finishing American at the Boston Marathon, coming in second in 2:09:58. Rupp’s finish was the best by an American since Meb Keflezighi’s win in 2014.

 

Now in its 16th 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.


2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay.


We welcome your nominations!

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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