Saturday, July 18, 2015

UW alum Lindsay Flanagan earns bronze medal for Team USA at Pan Am Games...

TORONTO, Ontario—University of Washington alum Lindsay Flanagan (left/photo by Paul Merca), competing in her second marathon as a professional, finished third at the Pan American Games marathon competition Saturday morning, earning a bronze medal for Team USA.

Flanagan and the rest of the 16-woman field started slowly along the spectator friendly loop course on the shores of Lake Ontario, going through the 5-kilometer mark in 18:55.

She was in the lead group as they went through 15k in 55:42, before eventual winner Gladys Tejada of Peru pulled away, going through the half-marathon point in 1:17:11, 33 seconds ahead of the Husky alum.

Flanagan maintained second place until before the 35k mark when second place finisher Adriana da Silva of Brazil passed her, thanks to a 18:12 split run between 30 and 35k.

Tejada crossed the line first in a personal best 2:33:03, followed by da Silva in 2:35:40, and Flanagan in 2:36:30.

Flanagan, who ran 2:33:12 in her debut at the Chevron Houston Marathon earlier this year, is currently based in Silver Spring, Maryland where she is part of the Riadha training group.  She is sponsored by Mizuno USA.

Track and field competition at the Pan Am Games gets underway Tuesday.

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