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Athlete Quotes - Women's 5000m Semifinal

Shalane Flanagan, Heat 1 (Winner)

"It's going to take a lot faster than that in Beijing, but my plan was to go out there and get my rhythm back and not get tripped up. I wanted to qualify and didn't take anything for granted, because a number one seed time doesn't mean anything."

"My legs feel better today, much better than the 10k. I have the energy back in my legs."

"I just ran within my comfort zone and tried to dictate the pace. It feels good mentally to feel good while you race in the first round."

Jenn Rhines, Heat 2 (2nd Place)

"I felt good and strong. I wanted to pick up the last three laps because I wanted to make sure that I stayed sharp for Friday. This is a great place to run with a great crowd, this is fun."

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