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Residence: Portland, Ore.
Marathon PR: 2:28:40, New York (2010)
2011 summary: The majority of Flanagan’s performances last year were on the track, where she’s shined on the world’s stage as the bronze medalist in the 10,000m at the Beijing Games. The formidable competitor ran 30:39 for 10,000m last year, earned a bronze medal at the 2011 world cross country championships, and broke the tape at the Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half-Marathon in 1:09:58, the fastest half-marathon finish by an American women last year and a Florida state record.