On Top Of The World: Exclusive Interview With Lauren Fleshman

The world championships finalist will move up to the marathon this fall.

Interview by: Duncan Larkin

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

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.

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Competitor.com caught up with Fleshman by email as she was making final preparations for her semifinal heat on Tuesday.

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