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Monday, November 8, 2010

Shalane Flanagan second in N.Y. City Marathon

Shalane Flanagan collapses after finishing second in the New York City Marathon. PHOTO / ASSOCIATED PRES


NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a case of "like mother, like daughter" Sunday in New York.

Marblehead's Shalane Flanagan, who stood out in both cross country and distance running both in high school and in college, added another notch to her cap Sunday, finishing second in the New City Marathon.

She's not the first person from her family conquer a marathon course. Her mother, Cheryl Treworgy - who embraced her on the podium - knows a thing or two about running marathons too. In 1971, she set the U.S. record (long since broken) of 2:49:40. By comparison, Flanagan finished the race Sunday in 2:28:40.

Flanagan's time was the fastest among American women (the race doubled as the U.S, women's championship), and she won $40,000 in prize money just for the accomplishment alone. Her total purse was $120,000.

Flanagan is the American runner since 1990 to finish among the top two in the race.

This might have been Flanagan's first-ever marathon, but it's certainly not her first foray into distance running. She was a national cross country champion while at North Carolina, and she was also the state two-mile champion two years running while at Marblehead High.

Her most important accomplishment in track and field thus far, however, occurred in 2008 when she took home a bronze medal in the 10,000-meter at the Beijing Olympic Games - again, the first U.S. woman in over a decade to win a medal in the event at the Olympics.

Flanagan did so well in her marathon debut she may run it in the 2012 London Olympics.

"My passion for the marathon is very strong after today, so we'll see," Flanagan said. "We'll see how the whole next year of track season plays out."

Katie McGregor was second among American women in 2:31:01 (11th overall), and Kathy Newberry was third in 2:35:23 (17th).

Serena Burla of St. Louis, who overcame a malignant tumor in her hamstring this year, was fourth in 2:37:06 (19th).

The American field was without top runners Kara Goucher and Deena Kastor. Goucher, who finished third in the New York City Marathon in her debut in 2008, had a baby boy in September. Kastor is pregnant and served as a commentator for the marathon.

Flanagan, who wore white knee socks and black gloves and arm warmers, was in the pack at the halfway mark. She took the lead briefly at the 15-mile mark and again entering Central Park at mile 23.

"As soon as I started to push, I started to hurt a little bit," Flanagan said. "I was just trying to keep it close and I know not to give up at any point because things can happen."

Video from her homepage:

Shalane Flanagan video after marathon debut at 2010 ING New York City Marathon

November 7, 2010

Shalane Flanagan video after marathon debut at 2010 ING New York City Marathon. Shalane finished 2nd in New York City and became the 2010 US Marathon Champion in the process. Shalane Flanagan ran at 2:28:40 in her marathon debut.


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