2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon Ends
in Historic Fashion
Kastor first woman to win three U.S. marathon titles; 41 U.S. women set personal records;
Olympians Somers Smith and Benoit Samuelson set U.S. age group records in Boston
by: Jack Fleming, BAA
BOSTON - (April 25, 2008) - On a spectacular Sunday
morning in Boston, the top female marathoners in the United States put
forth an historic performance. Deena Kastor, Magdalena Lewy Boulet and
Blake Russell headlined the April 20 show as they captured the three spots
on the U.S. Olympic Team for the women's marathon. As a result, their
next marathon will be run through the streets of Beijing on Sunday, August
17 as they compete in the 2008 Olympic Games. Behind the three Olympians,
143 other women thrilled the tens of thousands of spectators and viewers
on NBCSports.com with one of the greatest women's marathons ever held.
Among the many notable accomplishments from the 7th U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials:
* 181 qualifiers (171 via a marathon performance, 10 via a 10,000m performance)
* 146 starters
* 124 finishers
* 98 women ran under 2:50. This is the second largest total in the history
of women's marathon running, trailing only the inaugural 1984 U.S. Olympic
Trials when 109 women broke that mark.
* By comparison, 61 women broke 2:50 at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's
Marathon. 44 did so in 2000; 71 in 1996; 46 in 1992 and 81 in 1988.
* Deena Kastor and Magdalena Lewy Boulet ran the 2nd and 11th fastest
Olympic Trials performances in U.S. history.
* Kastor's winning time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, 35 seconds is the 41st fastest marathon ever run
by an American woman. She also owns the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 12th, 14th,
18th and 42nd fastest times.
* Lewy Boulet's runner-up time of 2:30:19 is the 53rd fastest marathon
ever run by an American woman.
U.S. Age Group Records
* Linda Somers Smith (2:38:49) set a U.S. 45-49 record (previous mark, 2:42:28, Joan Benoit Samuelson).
* Joan Benoit Samuelson (2:49:08) set a U.S. 50-54 record (previous mark, 2:50:26, Shirley Matson).
Personal Records & Qualifying Performances
* 135 women qualified for the Olympic Trials by running a new personal
best in the marathon (out of 171 women who qualified with a marathon time).
* 41 women ran new personal records on Sunday, including an impressive 13 of the top 15
and 20 of the top 26.
* Tera Moody - who finished 5th overall in 2:33:54 - led the PR parade
with the biggest improvement: 12 minutes, 46 seconds.
* 47 women improved upon their qualifying performance for the event (including
Blake Russell who qualified via a 10,000m time because she did not have
a qualifying marathon performance).
* Deena Kastor won her third USA Marathon title (2001 and 2007) and 25th USA title overall, and became
the first woman since Linda Somers (1993-94) to win back-to-back national
* Kastor became the first woman to win three U.S. titles in the marathon.
Julie Brown (1976 / '83), Janis Klecker (1987 / '92) and Linda Somers
each have won two.
* Kastor joined Cathy O'Brien (1988 & 1992) as the only women to make
two U.S. Olympic Teams in the marathon.
* This represented the first time that the first alternate from an Olympic
Team (Blake Russell in 2004) has made the Olympic Team four years later.
* This was also the first time at the same Trials that the Olympic marathon
team resided in the same state; in this case, California.
* The 4th and 5th place finishers from 2004 (Russell and Lewy Boulet,
who finished just 35 and 53 seconds out of third place, respectively,
in 2004) both made the Olympic Team this year.
* 48,583 visitors to BostonTrials2008.com
on race day.
* 360,968 race day page views.
* Visitors to the website were from all 50 states, the District of Columbia
and more than 90 countries.
For complete Trials results, splits, photos and more, go to: http://bostontrials2008.com
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