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NYC Marathon – Shalane Flanagan (Almost) Wins One for the Girls

By Emma Brady |

It’s been 33 years since an American woman has won the New York City Marathon.  Earlier today American runner Shalane Flanagan nearly ended the drought when she came in second by mere seconds.

In the end it all came down to a finish line scramble to determine which woman would take the win.  In the end it was Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat who won the race, but it was America’s Shalane Flanagan who is revitalizing the country’s long distance hopes that is winning the headlines. 

Shalane Flanagan has been reinvigorating the American running world following her bronze medal performance in the 10,000 m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  Flanagan’s second place finish is the best for any American woman since 1990.  The last time an American woman won the race was 1977.

This was Flanagan’s very first marathon run as she makes her transition from a track star to a long-distance marathoner.  If this is how she’s going to start off, she’s sure going to be fun to watch for years to come!

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Emma Brady is the founder of Celebrity Moms and a former contributing writer for Babble. During her offline time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, sons, dog, and cat in beautiful Minneapolis.

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0 thoughts on “NYC Marathon – Shalane Flanagan (Almost) Wins One for the Girls

  1. Editer says:

    Er, Flanagan was second by 20 seconds, not a fraction of a second. C’mon, people.

  2. M. Morris says:

    “mere seconds” not “a fraction of a second”

  3. Attila Honey says:

    She is an inspiration…what does it mean to be a winner? There are many so called winner in this country that are the biggest losers – not Shalane Flanagan…I really love her!
    Attila Honey
    The Attila the Honey Comedy Hour
    http://fgrn.net and http://righttalkradio.com
    contributor PRonlinemagazine.com
    http://www.attilathehoney.com

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