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Shalane Flanagan’s historic NYC Marathon win earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Oregon) became the first American woman in 40 years to win the TCS New York City Marathon Sunday to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Flanagan defeated three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya by 61 seconds in 2:26:53, making a remarkable move over the final four miles to pull away from Keitany and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska. The last American to win was Miki Gorman in 1977, and the victory solidified Flanagan’s place in the pantheon of U.S. distance runners.

Allie Kieffer made a huge breakthrough to finish fifth in 2:29:39, a 15:05 PR, and Abdi Abdirahman was the top U.S. man, placing seventh in 2:12:48. In his final career marathon, beloved American distance runner Meb Keflezighi finished eleventh in 2:15:29. Full results are here.

Other notable performances:

  • Molly Huddle — Huddle won the USATF 5K Championships by 11 seconds in 15:24, her sixth career national 5K title.

  • Shadrack Kipchirchir — Picking up his second national road title of the season, Kipchirchir outkicked Tommy Curtin to win the USATF 5K Championships by one second in 13:57. The top six men finished within two seconds of each other.

  • Mario Mendoza — Mendoza won the men’s USATF Marathon Trail Championships at Moab, Utah, by more than five minutes in 3:13:54.

  • Renee Metivier — Running 4:08:01 to win by 52 seconds, Metivier was the women’s champion at the USATF Marathon Trail Championships.

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 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; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6; Allyson Felix, July 12; Julia Hawkins, July 19; Ajee’ Wilson, July 26; Kayla Davis, August 2; Justin Gatlin, August 9; Emma Coburn, August 16; Jarrion Lawson, August 23; Kevin Castille, August 30; Darrell Hill, September 6; Jenny Simpson, September 13; Harvey Lewis, III, September 20; Ryan Vail, September 27; Joy Upshaw, October 4; Galen Rupp, October 11; Carol Finsrud, October 18; Molly Seidel, October 25; Sabra Harvey, November 1; Shalane Flanagan, November 8.

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

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