RIO DE JANEIRO - Jacob Frey and Chris Lundstrom put forth a strong effort in finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the men's marathon Sunday morning at the 2007 Pan American Games at Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Frey (Oakton, Va.) and Lundstrom (Northfield, Minn.) went out with the leaders through the first 5km and then backed off the pace and were sitting in twelfth and thirteenth through the half-way point, with Frey going through in 1:08:50 and Lundstrom in 1:09:09. Both steadily moved up the pack after that.
With 5km left to go, it started to pour. The weather spurred Frey on and he increased his pace, crossing the line in fourth in 2 hours 16 minutes 44 seconds, a new personal best by 53 seconds. Said Frey when he finished, "There was a downpour for a little while and it was nice. I love the rain." Lundstrom finished in sixth in 2:18:05 and echoed Frey sentiments, saying "This weather was perfect for a marathon."
Both athletes felt that with a little bit more time, they could have pulled something out. Frey "felt great. I think if I would have had a couple more miles, I think I could have done something." Lundstrom reiterated his feelings, saying "a few more k's and maybe we could have gotten some medals."
Team USA Athletics medal tally as of July 29 - Gold (6) Sara Slattery (Phoenix, Ariz.), W10,000: 32:54.51; Ed Moran (Dayton, N.J.) M5,000: 13:25.60; Miki Barber (Montclair, N.J.) W100: 11.02; Sheena Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) W400mH: 54.64; Michael Robertson (Beebe, Ark.) MDT: 59.24m/196-0; Josh McAdams (Broadview Heights, Ohio) M3,00mSC: 8:30.49
Silver (12) April Steiner (Mesa, Ariz.) WPV: 4.40m/14-5.25; Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washington, Md.) W100: 11.24; Darvis Patton (Dallas, Texas) M100: 10.17; Kibwe Johnson (Ashland, Ohio) MHT: 73.23m/240-3; Mary Jane Harrelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) W1500: 4:15.24; Catherine Ferrell (Eugene, Ore.) W5,000: 15:42.01; Adam Kuehl (Trinton Falls, N.J.) MDT: 57.50m.188-8; David Payne (Cincinnati, Ohio) M110mH: 13.43; Michael Spence (East Stroudsburg, Penn.) M3,000mSC: 8:32.11; Mike Hazle (Temple, Texas) MJT: 75.33m/247-1; Greg Nixon (Mesa, Ariz.), Jamaal Torrance (Orlando, Fla.), Rubin Williams (Athens, Ga.) and David Neville (Bloomington, Ind.) M4x400: 3:02.44; Shareese Woods (Fort Lee, Va.), Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washignton, Md.), Alexis Weatherspoon (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Miki Barber (Montclair, N.J.) W4x100m: 43.62
Bronze (6) Bashir Ramzy (Dallas, Texas) MLJ: 7.90m/25-11; Nicole Leach (Philadelphia, Penn.) W400mH: 54.97; LaRon Bennett (Athens, Ga.) M400mH: 49.07; Rubin Williams (San Jose, Calif.) M200m: 20.57; Debbie Dunn (Capitol Height,Md.), Angel Perkins (Cerritos, Calif.), Latonia Wilson (Amite, La.) and Nicole Leach (Philadelphia, Penn.) W4x400m: 3:27.84; J-Mee Samuels (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Rae Edwards (Kansas City, Kan.), Rubin Williams (San Jose, Calif.) and Darvis Patton (Dallas, Texas) M4x100m:38.88
1. Franck Caldeira, BRA, 2:14:03
2. Amado Garcia, GUA, 2:14:27
3. Procopio Franco, MEX, 2:15:18
4. Jacob Frey, USA, 2:16:44
6. Chris Lundstrom, USA, 2:18:05
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