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Molly Huddle named USATF Athlete of the Week after third-place finish in NYC Marathon debut


INDIANAPOLIS -- In a sea of over 51,000 runners at last Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon, 2016 Olympian Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) pushed through to finish her debut marathon in third-place, running the sixth-fastest American woman’s NYC Marathon debut in history.  


Huddle’s 2:28:13 finish came just 12 seconds behind second-place Sally Kipyego and 4:13 after overall women’s winner Mary Keitany. Despite taking two weeks off from training to heal an injury, Molly maintained a sub-six pace average throughout the 26.2 miles.


“I was able to do all the things correctly that I was worried about...” said Huddle to NYRR. “You have to believe in yourself and one day it will pay off.”


The marathon caps off a history-making year for Huddle, who also set a new American record in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in Rio. Before last Sunday, her longest race had been a half marathon. Huddle has said that she plans to focus on track next season and consider another marathon in 2018.


Other notable performances this week:

  • Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Arizona) was the highest-finishing American man at New York City Marathon, finishing third in 2:11:23 and solidifying a successful rebound after an injury kept him from Olympic Marathon Trials.

  • Maria Michta-Coffey (Stony Brook, New York) broke her own 25 km race walk record from two years ago at USATF Race Walk Championships en route to another national record in the 30 km.

  • Meaghan Podlaski (Colonie, New York) made a stellar debut in the USATF Junior Race Walk Championships 20 km race walk. Pending confirmation, her time of 1:47:23 beat Michta-Coffey’s 2005 record by 2:26.

  • Irene Obera (Fremont, California) finished out World Masters Athletics Championships by winning 8 individual medals in addition to the W80 world records set last week in the heptathlon and hurdles.


Now in its 15th 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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2016 Winners: January 13, Garrett Heath; January 20, Donavan Brazier; January 27, Keni Harrison; February 3, Jenn Suhr; February 10, Vashti Cunningham; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison; April 22, LaShawn Merritt; April 28, Courtney Okolo; May 6, Ida Keeling; May 12, Willie Gault; May 18, Marquise Goodwin; June 2, Keni Harrison; June 9, Tia Brooks; June 16, Donavan Brazier; June 23, Sydney McLaughlin; June 30, Tia Jones; July 7, Allyson Felix; July 15, Bernard Lagat; July 22, Allen Woodard; July 29, Keni Harrison; August 5, Chantae McMillan; August 11, Myrle Mensey; August 20, Michelle Carter; August 26, Matt Centrowitz; September 1, Megan Roche; September 8, Christian Taylor; September 14, Joe Gray; September 21, Jenny Hoffman; September 30, Jeff Henderson; October 5, Libby James; October 13, Brian Pilcher; October 20, Andy Wacker; October 27, Pete Kostelnick; November 3, Libby James; November 11, Molly Huddle.


We welcome your nominations!

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

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