Fleshman finished fourth in her semifinal heat at the world championships on Tuesday night in South Korea, earning a spot in the finals. Photo: PhotoRun.net
Fleshman leads her semifinal heat of the 5,000 meters on Tuesday night. She finished in 15:34.04, less than a second out of first place. Photo: PhotoRun.net
Fleshman won the 5,000m earlier this year at the Aviva Diamond League Meeting in London, running 15-flat. Photo: PhotoRun.net
Fleshman won the the 5,000m at the USA Outdoor Championships in 2010, a race which resurrected her running career. Photo: PhotoRun.net
The world championships finalist will move up to the marathon this fall.
Interview by: Duncan Larkin
Until a few weeks ago, former Stanford University standout Lauren Fleshman was going to sit out the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
But things changed for the 29-year-old on August 6 when she won the 5,000-meter event at the Aviva Grand Prix in London, clocking 15:00.57. That ‘A’-standard victory secured a slot for Fleshman on the U.S. squad for the championships, which also includes American-record holder Molly Huddle and Amy Hastings.
After the World Championships, Fleshman, who owns a 5,000m PR of 14:58.58 and is coached by Mark Rowland, plans to transition her efforts toward a marathon debut in New York City this November.
Competitor.com caught up with Fleshman by email as she was making final preparations for her semifinal heat on Tuesday.