Olsen Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

Jon Olsen celebrates his win last weekend. Photo: IAAF

He helped Team USA bring home the gold at the World 24-hour Championships.

As of today, Jon Olsen is the fastest runner in the world for 24 hours. Last weekend, the American runner covered 167.568 miles to win the IAU World 24-hour Championships.

The annual race was held in Steenbergen, Holland.

Fellow American John Dennis took second in the race (163.255 miles). This 1-2 finish for Team USA. ensured its team title win (485.012 miles).

“When I hit 22 hours, I knew I’d won it,” Olsen recalled of the race. “I was still holding or increasing my lead and I felt like I could continue the lap splits I was running until the end.”

Team Japan took second place with 467.623 miles.

“Being named Athlete of the Week is really overwhelming and recognizes that my result was not only a great individual performance but a great performance done for my country,” Olsen said. “It truly caps off what is the crowning achievement of my running career and doing this with ‘USA’ on my chest makes it even more special.”

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