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Mass. Native Shalane Flanagan USATF ‘Athlete of the Week’

‰ÛÓ Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Ore. via Marblehead, MA) has
been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after
she won the individual bronze medal and led the US women to a
team bronze as well at the IAAF World Cross Country
Championships Saturday in Punta Umbria, Spain.

the 8 km race, Flanagan maintained her position in the top-ten
during the first 6 km of the race. Then as a testament to her
track speed she unleashed a fast finish, passing four of her
competitors over the last 2 km to claim her spot on the podium,
finishing in 25:10

“I was so pleased to be in medal position. It was a lot of fun
today,” Flanagan said after the race. “I love the fact that this
is a team sport, and there is a great team dynamic going with
all of the ladies.”

Flangan’s performance not only led the way for Team USA’s bronze medal, but also inspired her teammates as well.

think this experience makes me want it more,” said teammate
Alissa McKaig. “How can you not be inspired after watching
 Shalane get third?”

in its tenth year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is
designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of
the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the
athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top
performances and results from the previous week.

January 5, Bill Tribou; January 12, Tyler Sorensen; January 20,
Josh Cox; January 26, Ben Shorey; February 2, Ashton Eaton;
February 9, Ashton Eaton; February 16, Bernard Lagat; February
23, Ryan Crouser; March 2, Jillian Camarena-Williams; March 10,
Bill Collins; March 16, Miles Batty; March 23, Shalane Flanagan

From USATF Statistician Glen McMicken


a long winter indoors, and with sights firmly set on Daegu and
the IAAF World Championships, some of Team USA’s brightest stars opened
their outdoor campaigns both in the U.S. and overseas.

  • Sanya
    Richards-Ross, the 2009 Jesse Owens Award winner and world
    champion at 400 meters, kicked off ’11 with a swift 200m at the TCU
    Invitational in Fort Worth, zipping to a 23.06. At the same meet,
    multiple Olympic and World 400 medalist Jeremy Wariner clocked
    20.71 in the 200m.
  • Heptathlon
    world record holder Ashton Eaton, the 2010 NCAA decathlon
    champion, stayed in Eugene for the Oregon Preview and picked up a
    personal best  56.59m/185-3 in the javelin on his only attempt.
  • Running
    Down Under at the Sydney Classic, two-time Olympic 400m hurdle
    champion Angelo Taylor stuck with the flat sprints, nabbing a pair of
    wins in the 200m (20.71) and 400m (45.71).
  • Three-time
    World Championships 100 hurdler Ginnie Crawford also opened up
    on the flat with an 11.60 in the 100 at the USC Trojan Invitational.
  • She
    hadn’t run the 100 hurdles in six years, but two-time World
    Championships 400H silver medalist Lashinda Demus overcame a 3.3 mps
    headwind to run 13.17 and win the San Diego State Aztec

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National
Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race
walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest
organized sports, the World’s #1 Track & Field Team, the
most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high
school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in
the United States: www.usatf.org.

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