Flanagan, USA Get Bronze At World XC

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Mar. 20, 2011

U.S. cross country champion Shalane Flanagan finished third at the World Cross Country Championships in Spain on Sunday.

Four American women place in the top 20.

Led by Shalane Flanagan’s third-place overall finish, the United States took bronze in the team standings Sunday in the senior women’s race at the World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain.

Flanagan crossed the finish line of the 8K race in 25:10, 12 seconds back of the winner, Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya, and only three seconds behind the runner-up and Cheruiyot’s compatriot, Linet Chepkwemoi Masai.

Americans Molly Huddle (17th, 26:26), Magdalema Lewy-Boulet (18th, 26:27) and Blake Russell (19th, 26:30) all joined Flanagan in the top-20, as Lisa Koll (39th, 27:15) rounded out the team scoring to help the United States finish third in the team race behind Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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