Meet Shalane Flanagan, Massachusetts Native And The Fastest American Woman At The Boston Marathon

The Marblehead, Mass. native finished seventh overall in Monday’s marathon.

1. This is Shalane Flanagan, she just absolutely killed it at the Boston Marathon. She came in seventh.

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2. She had an official time of 2:22.02, it’s her personal best. It was the fastest of any American woman Monday.

5. Flanagan also spoke about the race on Sunday, the day before the marathon:

”If I could have one wish, it would be to win this specific race on this specific day… It basically would be the highlight of my career, for sure. If I could win this specific Boston: It has the most power, the most meaning behind it, of all the Boston Marathons that would be run.”

6. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Flanagan took home the bronze medal for the 10,000 meter race. She became only the second American woman to medal in the event.

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9. She was a major Marblehead High School track and cross country star. Shocking right?

11. Basically, she impressed everyone today.

17. Way to go Shalane!

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