Molly Huddle among American women’s surge at NYC Marathon
NEW YORK (AP) — Shalane Flanagan set the bar high for her U.S. compatriots last year, becoming the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.
Desiree Linden followed with a victory in April at the windy and rainy Boston Marathon, the first American woman to accomplish that feat in 33 years.
Those achievements motivate Molly Huddle, who finished third at the 2016 NYC Marathon in her debut at 26.2 miles after a successful middle-distance career.
New Zealander wins Maine’s Beach to Beacon 10k road race
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — A New Zealander won the Beach to Beacon 10k road race on Saturday, running away from the pack and crossing the finish line alone.
Jake Robertson, 28, finished with an unofficial time of 27 minutes, 37 seconds, about 50 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Stephen Sambu, of Kenya, and Maine native Ben True, who was third at 28:29.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Keturah Orji set a meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 47 feet, 10 1/2 inches, highlighting the opening session Thursday at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
Mike Rodgers, at 33 years old, set a world mark for 2018 in the 100 meters at 9.89 seconds in an opening round heat, just 0.04 seconds shy of his personal best.
Molly Huddle won the women's 10,000 for a record fourth straight time, and Lopez Lomong took the men's 10,000 in 28.58.38.
Kenyan star Mary Keitany wins New York Mini 10K
NEW YORK (AP) — Kenyan star Mary Keitany won the New York Mini 10K in Central Park on Saturday. Her time of 30 minutes, 59 seconds was the fifth fastest in the event's 47-year history.
Keitany, a three-time New York City Marathon champion, was followed by two Americans — Aliphine Tuliamuk in 32:08 and Molly Huddle in 32:25. Boston Marathon champion Des Linden was 14th in 35:12, with Boston runner-up Sarah Sellers 17th in 35:29.
Ethiopians win Houston Marathon; Huddle sets American record
HOUSTON (AP) — Bazu Worku held up three fingers as he headed down the final stretch of the Houston Marathon.
Worku, trailing Ethiopian countryman Yitayal Atnafu by 23 seconds with about two miles left, turned on the jets Sunday to win the event for the third straight time.
NYC marathon winner Shalane Flanagan to try again in Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Reigning New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan will run in Boston next year in a fourth attempt to win her hometown race.
Chelimo, Diriba win 81st Manchester Road Race
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Olympian Paul Chelimo has outkicked Kirubel Erassa by two seconds to win the Manchester Road Race.
Buze Diriba of Ethiopia had an even slimmer margin of victory in the women's race, besting Molly Huddle of Providence, R.I., by just a second.
Chelimo, a Kenyan-born U.S. citizen, finished the 4.75-mile course in an unofficial time of 21 minutes 32 seconds. Erassa was second in 21:34.
More than 20,000 running NYC half-marathon
NEW YORK (AP) — On the eve of spring, more than 20,000 runners from around the world pounded Manhattan pavements in a half-marathon covering 13 miles.
The 2017 United Airlines NYC Half started Sunday at 7 a.m. in Central Park on a chilly but sunny day. The runners crossed midtown Manhattan through Times Square and headed for the West Side Highway.
The marathon stopped traffic on its route, which ended in lower Manhattan's Battery Park.
NEW YORK (AP) — Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia ran the fastest time in five years in winning the NYC Half, and Molly Huddle of the United States won her third straight women's title in the 13.1-mile race
Lilesa, the silver medalist in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics, was timed in 1 hour, 4 seconds Sunday and finished ahead of Britain's Callum Hawkins (1:00:08) and fellow Ethiopian Teshome Mekonen (1:00:28). Lilesa outsprinted both in the final stretch for his first win in 2017.
Athletes using power of the selfie to clean sports of doping
BOSTON (AP) — It resembles the symbol for infinity: a sideways "S'' that Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle and other elite U.S. athletes suddenly are sporting on biceps, wrists and shins.
The tattoos are temporary. But the campaign they represent is an all-out attempt to permanently purge competitive athletics of doping.
Kenya’s Mary Keitany wins 3rd straight NYC marathon
NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Keitany has won her third straight New York City Marathon to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since Grete Waitz's five-year run from 1982 to 1986.
The 34-year-old Kenyan defended her title Sunday in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds, beating countrywoman Joyce Chepkirui by nearly four minutes.