Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Connor Mantz and Fiona O’Keeffe win U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

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There weren’t many surprises at the males’s aspect on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando on Saturday, however the girls’s race used to be ruled by means of a newcomer, Fiona O’Keeffe, who broke the tape in her debut marathon in 2:22:10, neatly below the Olympic “A” same old of two:26:50 she had to acquire computerized access into Staff U.S.A. for Paris 2024. It used to be additionally an match file–the quickest time ever recorded by means of a lady at the USA Olympic marathon trials. American file holder Emily Sisson, who used to be regarded as a favorite and who will take the second one spot on Staff USA, used to be 32 seconds in the back of O’Keeffe (2:22:42), and Dakota Lindwurm (2:25:31) will spherical out the group for the Paris Olympic marathon on Aug. 11.

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US Olympic Marathon Trials girls’s podium, Feb. 3, 2024. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Connor Mantz, touted as a favorite within the males’s race, gained a dash end (2:09:05) in opposition to Clayton Younger (who used to be additionally flagged as a contender, and who completed one 2d again, in 2:09:06). Leonard Korir took 3rd, in 2:09:57. Mantz and Younger already had the Olympic An ordinary of two:08:10 and can subsequently be decided on for Staff U.S.A.; Korir must race once more and reach the usual to be confident of the general place at the squad.

Zachery Panning led the lads’s race til about 37 km, however ended up completing in 6th position. Elkanah Kibet and CJ Albertson took fourth and 5th. Jessica McClain and Sara Corridor took fourth and 5th within the girls’s race. 

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Males’s Olympic marathon trials podium, Feb. 3, 2024. Photograph: Kevin Morris

There wasn’t so much on O’Keeffe’s resume that will be regarded as predictive of these days’s consequence; she is a NACAC silver medallist within the 5,000m from 2022; she additionally gained the USA 10-mile highway championships that yr, in Minneapolis. However the marathon is a substantial step up from the ones distances, and athletes generally recuperate with revel in, so the longer term bodes neatly for the 2024 champion.

13 girls had already accomplished the Olympic same old going into Saturday’s trials, the place the highest 3 women and men could be decided on, equipped that they had the usual. For Lindwurm, a veteran of the marathon however a gloomy horse, Saturday’s consequence used to be a dream come true. Over the last 5 years, she’s incessantly whittled down her non-public best possible to two:24:40 (from the 2023 Chicago Marathon, the place she completed twelfth; this used to be below the Olympic same old all over the qualification length, so if she made the rostrum on Saturday, her variety used to be assured).

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Emily Sisson completed 2d at the USA Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando, Feb. 3, 2024. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Two-time Olympian within the marathon, Galen Rupp, completed sixteenth.

Jenny Simpson needed to step off the direction, an unlucky finish to her first marathon (she, like debutant Paul Chelimo, who additionally registered a DNF, had certified with a half-marathon time, which is able to not be allowed after this yr).

The boys’s and girls’s Olympic marathons will happen in Paris on August 10 and August 11, respectively.



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