Photo: Mike Scott

Shalane Flanagan wins World XC bronze medal

Shalane Flanagan earned her second bronze in a major international competition on Sunday at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.  Her first was in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Flanagan hung in with the front pack throughout the race, but had fallen back to seventh place heading into the last two kilometers of the race.  She picked off her competitors one-by-one until she passed Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu into third place.  Flanagan became the first non-African medalist in the senior women’s race since 2002, when Paula Radcliffe, Deena Drossin, and Collen De Reuck swept the medals.

Universal Sports has a highlight video of Flanagan’s race that can be found here.

Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya won the individual title over countrywoman Linet Masai, demoting the ladder to her third consecutive silver medal.

Kenya won the team championship with 15 points while rival Ethiopia was second with 29 points.

The American women replicated their bronze medal finish from 2010.  Molly Huddle, Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, and Blake Russell finished together in 17th, 18th, and 19th places, respectively.

Find full results of the senior women’s race here.

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Bronze-medal winning Team USA (Photo: Mike Scott)

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