FRANKFURT, Germany—University of Washington alum Lindsay Flanagan (left/photo courtesy photorun.net via RunBlogRun) finished fourth in the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon Sunday morning through the streets of the German city.
Flanagan set a personal best of 2:29:28, a mark that puts her fourth on the current US list, behind only the three US Olympic team members—Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, and Amy Cragg.
Flanagan started by running 35:19 for the first 10k, then went through 20k at 1:10:45 (35:26). At the half-way mark, she crossed in 1:14:38, running in eighth place.
She went through 30k at 1:46:30, a 35:45 split for that 10k segment, then made her move in the next 10k, crossing in 2:21:58, a 35:28 split, and more importantly, moving past four runners in the process before finishing in 2:29:28, shattering her previous personal best of 2:33:12, set in the 2015 Houston Marathon.
Flanagan becomes the fourth American to break 2:30 in the marathon this season.
Daska Molisa of Ethiopia won the race in 2:25:27, 15 seconds ahead of Fate Tola of Germany, while Sarah Jebet of Kenya was third in 2:27:07.
Kenya’s Mark Korir won the men’s title in 2:06:48.
NOTE: Media partner RunBlogRun contributed to this report.