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Sisson’s marathon debut wins her USATF Athlete of the Week


Emily Sisson (Providence, Rhode Island) made her marathon debut one of the fastest ever by an American woman to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Sisson, who ran the fastest 10,000m time in the world in 2019 at the end of March, ran an evenly-paced race at London to finish sixth in 2:23:08. Only Jordan Hasay’s 2:23:00 is faster in a debut by an American, and Sisson took over the No. 6 spot on the U.S. all-time list with her effort.


Full results are here.


Other notable performances from the previous week:


Jenna Prandini — Prandini set a world-leading mark in the 200m at 22.53 and equaled the WL in the 100m at 11.10 at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville.

Matthew Boling — Boling ran the fastest 100m in any conditions by a high schooler, clocking 9.98w to win the Region 3-6A title in Webster, Texas.

Tony Martin — Martin had a stunning PR in the long jump, going 26-6 at a high school dual meet in Michigan to make him the fifth-best prep in history.

Jeff Henderson — The reigning Olympic champion in the long jump had a U.S.-leading 8.38m/27-6 at the Robison Invitational in Provo. He also won the 100m in 10.21 into a 2.3 mps wind.

Keturah Orji — Orji had the fourth-best women’s triple jump mark in American history at the Lawrence Memorial in Athens, Georgia, spanning 14.66m/48-1.25.

Tripp Hurt — Hurt won the men’s USATF Road Mile Championships at Des Moines with a 4:04.21.

Nikki Hiltz — Hiltz set a women’s course record to win the USATF Road Mile Championships in 4:30.09.

Kevin Castille — Castille, 47, won the USATF Masters 10K Championships at Dedham, Massachusetts, running 30:47 for an age-graded 95.19%.

Jan Holmquist — Holmquist, 74, had the highest age graded performance at the USATF Masters 10K Championships with a 95.81% based on her time of 50:01.

Taylor Ewert Ewert broke her own American U20 record for the 5,000m race walk at the Penn Relays with a 22:28.61. She also anchored her high school team to a runner-up spot in the DMR with a 4:54 1600 leg.


Now in its 18th 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.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson.


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