Shalane Flanagan pulled away from Desiree Davila with just two miles remaining in the race to claim victory at Saturday’s U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.
A group of four women – Flanagan, Davila, Kara Goucher and Amy Hastings – remained in the lead pack midway through the 26.2 mile race. Hastings dropped from the group by mile 19 and Goucher soon thereafter, leaving pre-race favorites Flanagan and Davila to duke it out.
In the end, Flanagan, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters, finished in a Trials record time of 2:25:38 to qualify for her third Olympic team. In just her second marathon, Flanagan smashed her previous personal best by over three minutes.
Davila of the Hansons Brooks Distance Project matched her runner-up finish from the 2011 Boston Marathon with a finishing time of 2:25:55, the second fastest marathon of her career.
Goucher overcame a myriad of changes over the last year – becoming a mother, overcoming injury and changing training groups – to hang on for the third spot. The 2007 World bronze medalist made her second Olympic team after representing the U.S. in the 5000 and 10,000 meters in 2008.
Hastings faded after leading at the 17 mile mark and ultimately finished fourth, missing her personal best by just four seconds. She will be the alternate for the Olympic team.
Each of the top four runners bested the previous Olympic Trials record time of 2:28:25 set by Collen De Reuck in 2004.
Rounding out the top ten were Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (5th), Deena Kastor (6th), Clara Grandt (7th), Alissa McKaig (8th), Dot McMahan (9th) and Magdalena Lewy Boulet (10th).
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