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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
The U.S. women's 5,000m squad: Kim Conley, Molly Huddle and Julie Culley. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Women’s 5,000m

(15:15.00 / 15:25.00) – Final, Friday, August 10
Olympic Record (14:40.79), Gabriela Szabo, Romania, Sydney 2000
World Record (14:11.15), Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, 2008
U.S. Record (14:44.76), Molly Huddle, 2010

Last American gold medal (not yet)
Last American medal (not yet, best U.S. finish, 9th by Lynn Jennings ’96 and Kara Goucher ’08; in 3000m, Cindy Bremser 4th, ’84)

* Julie Culley (Clinton, NJ), 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials champion
* Molly Huddle (Providence, RI), U.S. 5000m record holder (14:44.76 – 2010)
* Kim Conley (West Sacramento, CA), third 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials 5000m

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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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