Sunday, October 30, 2016

UW alum Lindsay Flanagan breaks 2:30 at Frankfurt Marathon & finishes fourth...

FRANKFURT, Germany—University of Washington alum Lindsay Flanagan (left/photo courtesy 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.

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