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Linden wins USATF Athlete of the Week

4/19/2018
 

Desiree Linden (Washington Township, Michigan) became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Linden overcame brutal weather conditions, with heavy rain, chilly temperatures and gusting winds, to cross the finish line in 2:39:54, more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Sarah Sellers. The 2016 Olympic Games seventh-placer had run Boston six times previously, finishing second in 2011 with a PR 2:22:38. Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985 was the last U.S. winner of the women’s race. Results can be found here.


Other notable performances from the weekend:

Grant Holloway — Florida’s multi-talented hurdler zipped to the second-fastest men’s 110m hurdles time in collegiate history at the Tom Jones Memorial meet in Gainesville, clocking 13.16. Only Renaldo Nehemiah has ever run faster as a collegian.

Tyler Andrews — Andrews set a world record for running 50K on the track, covering the distance in 2:46:06 at Santa Barbara. The previous world record was 2:48:06, set in 1980, and the previous American record was 2:52:47.5.

Cole Sprout — The 16-year-old from Valor Christian High School in Colorado ran the fastest-ever 3,000m by a sophomore, finishing in 8:13.85 to win the Oregon Relays.

Jenn Suhr — Suhr had her highest outdoor clearance since 2008, winning the pole vault at the Texas Invitational at a world-leading 4.93m/16-2.

Tamara Clark — Clark, an Alabama freshman, won the 200m at the Jones Memorial meet in Gainesville in 22.57, making her the No. 7 all-time U.S. junior in the event.

Sarah Sellers — Sellers, a full-time nurse anesthetist, finished second in the Boston Marathon in 2:44:04 in just her second career marathon.

 

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.


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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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