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High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM UTC
Olympic Trials champion Amy Hastings is the U.S.'s best medal hope in the women's 10,000m on Friday night. She'll likely need a huge personal best to do it. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Women’s 10,000m

(31:45.00 / 32:10.00) – Final, Friday, August 3
Olympic Record (29:54.66), Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, Beijing 2008
World Record (29:31.78), Wang Junxia, China, 1993
U.S. Record (30:22.22), Shalane Flanagan, 2008

Last American gold medal (not yet)
Last American medal (bronze, Shalane Flanagan, Beijing 2008)
TOTAL MEDALS = 2 bronze

* Amy Hastings (Mammoth Lakes, CA), 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials champion
* Lisa Uhl (Portland, OR), 2010 NCAA 10,000m champion
* Janet Bawcom (Rome, GA), third U.S. Olympic Trials; five-time USA road champion

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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