Shalane Flanagan Runs 31:03 In Netherlands To Break American 10km Record!

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September 6, 2015

Shalane Flanagan ran 31:03 at the Rabobank Tilburg Ladies 10km in the Netherlands this afternoon to break the American 10km road record of 31:06 held by Lynn Jennings.

Genet  Yalew of Ethiopia (10th at World Cross Country this year) won the race in 30:58, but Flanagan is the one who went into the record books, finishing well ahead of last year’s winner Betsy Saina in third in 32:21. On the men’s side Bernard Koech got the win in 45:21 over John Langat 45:37.

Flanagan picked up a little hardware as well. Congrats to the new American record holder. Top results below.

Update: Italian Journalist Alberto Stretti has an interview (embedded below) with Flanagan up on youtube and even an interview Flanagan’s coach, Jerry Schumacher, who almost never does interviews.

Shalane said her first priority was the record and not the win saying as a result she went out a little bit conservatively.

“I barely broke it but I’m very happy…. The conditions weren’t maybe as perfect they could be and have been in the past. I’m pleased that with some wind and rain it was still a very fast day,” she said.

Shalane also enjoyed the unique course.

Jessica Coulson and Shalane Flanagan via @JessCoulson90



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