Shalane Flanagan

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Shalane Flanagan
Shalane Flanagan Daegu 2011.jpg
Shalane Flanagan competing in the 2011 World Athletics Championships
Personal information
Born (1981-07-08) July 8, 1981 (age 32)
Boulder, Colorado
Residence Portland, Oregon
Height 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)
Weight 113 pounds (51 kg)
Country  United States
College team North Carolina Tar Heels
Club Nike Oregon Track Club
Turned pro 2004
Coached by Jerry Schumacher
Achievements and titles
World finals 2009 10,000 m, 14th
Olympic finals 2008 10,000 m Bronze,
2004 5000 m

Shalane Flanagan (born July 8, 1981 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American long-distance runner. She holds the American record times in the 3000 m (indoor), 5000 m (indoor), 10,000 m, and 15K road race. She won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in the 10,000 m, a bronze at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and was second in the 2010 New York City Marathon.

Track and field career[edit]


As a student at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts, Flanagan's accomplishments included three-time All-State cross country performances, a first-place All-State finish in the mile, and a two-mile win whose record still stands; her 4:46 mile won the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. She attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she won national cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 — becoming the first individual champion in the sport in Tar Heel history — and numerous track accolades, with best times of 4:11.24 in 1500 m (7th in the US at any level in 2003,) 9:00.22 in the 3000 m, and 15:20.54 in the 5000 m.

Early professional career[edit]

Since advancing to the professional level in 2004, she has lowered her 3000 meter time to 8:33.25 and her 5000 meter time to 14:44.80, the latter an American record; her 1500 m record has slightly improved to 4:05.86. She is a two-time national champion in the women's 5000 meters. She won the short course competition at the USA Cross Country Championships in 2004 and 2005.

Flanagan ran the 10,000 m for the first time at the 2008 Stanford Payton Jordan invite in a time of 30:34.49 to beat Deena Kastor's American record of 30:50.32. She also became the long course national cross country champion for the first time in February of that year.

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the Summer Olympic Trials held in Eugene, Flanagan competed in both the 5000 and 10,000 m. She won the 10,000 m final in a time of 31:34.81. This guaranteed her a spot on Team USA for Beijing. Flanagan also finished third in the 5000 m final with a time of 15:02.81.[1]

On August 16, Flanagan finished third in the Olympic 10,000 m finals in Beijing, capturing the bronze medal.[2] She also set a new American record in 30:22.22, shattering her own record set earlier in the year.[3] She is only the second American woman to receive an Olympic medal in the 10,000 m.[3]


Flanagan (right) competing in the 2009 Boston Games

In 2009, Flanagan split with coach John Cook, and moved to Portland, Oregon to begin working with new coach Jerry Schumacher.[4] She finished second to Amy Yoder Begley in the 10000 m at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championships.[5] At the World Championships in Berlin, Flanagan finished in 14th place in the 10000 m with a time of 31:32.19.


Flanagan won her first half marathon in Houston, the USA Half Marathon Championships, on January 17. She set the course record in a time of 1:09:45.[6][7] She added a second national championship with a victory at the USA Cross Country Championships.[8] At the World Cross Country Championships, Flanagan finished the individual race in 12th place with a time of 25:20. She was a member of the Team USA squad that earned a bronze medal.

In June 2010, it was announced that Flanagan would make her marathon debut in the New York event in November 2010.[9] Her preparations boded well for the event as her mark of 1:08:36 at the Philadelphia Half Marathon was just two seconds off Deena Kastor's American record at the event. Flanagan's time in Philadelphia brought her fourth place some 45 seconds behind winner Meseret Defar.[10] In her marathon debut, Flanagan finished in second place in a time of 2:28:40. It was the best finish for an American woman in twenty years at the New York City Marathon. Flanagan captured the U.S. Marathon championship in the race.[11]

She took her fifth title at the National Cross Country Championships and asserted herself as the clear number one in the discipline, winning by a margin of 41 seconds.[12]

2011 to present[edit]

Flanagan running in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

At the World Cross Country Championships on March 20, 2011, Flanagan improved on her 12th place from the year before to place third, with a time of 25:10. She led the Team USA squad to a bronze medal. Flanagan was the first non-African born medalist in the event since 2004.[13]

She competed in the June 2011 USA Championships in the 10000 m, and won with a time of 30:59.57, qualifying her for the 10,000 m at the World Championships.[14] On August 27, 2011, Flanagan finished seventh at World Championships for 10,000 m with a time of 31:25.57 minutes (the first non-East African born athlete to finish).

Flanagan said in June 2011 that she was leaning towards the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics.[15] With this in mind, she ran at the first Miami Half Marathon in December and won in a Florida state record time of 1:09:58 hours.[16]

On January 14, 2012 Flanagan won the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, setting the event record at 2:25:38. She moved on to represent Team USA at the Olympics in London, finishing 10th with a time of 2:25:51.[17][18] She defeated a high class field at the Lisbon Half Marathon in March, recording a time of 1:08:52 hours.[19] She placed tenth in the Olympic women's marathon and came 25th at the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

On February 2, 2013 in St. Louis, she won the 8k national cross country title in 25:49.0, just ahead of Kim Conley and Deena Kastor[20] then on February 24, 2013 set a half marathon best of 1:08:31 minutes as runner-up to Meseret Defar at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans.[21] In June 2013, Flanagan won the 10,000 meters to claim her 4th USA outdoor track title.[22] On August 11, 2013 - Flanagan finished 8th in the IAAF world championship.[23]

On March 15, 2014 in Jacksonville, FL, she won the USA 15K Championships (Gate River Run), setting a new women's American Record of 47:03 to take down Deena Kastor's previous record of 47:15 that was set in 2003.[24]

Personal bests[edit]

Distance Performance Location Date
1500 m 4:05.86 Eugene, Oregon 10 June 2007
3000 m 8:33.25 Boston, Massachusetts 27 January 2007
5000 m 14:44.80 Walnut, California 13 April 2007
10,000 m 30:22.22 NR Beijing, China 15 August 2008
15,000 m 47:03 NR Jacksonville, Florida 15 March 2014


Half marathon 1:08:31 New Orleans, Louisiana 24 February 2013[26]
Marathon 2:25:38 Houston, Texas 14 January 2012

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She attended Marblehead High School, where she excelled in cross country and track. She also participated in soccer and swimming, and was an artist and painter in the art major program.

Flanagan is married to Steven Ashley Edwards, a former track and field star at the University of North Carolina and at his high school Durham Academy, where he still holds multiple school and North Carolina state records. Steven is an inaugural member of the Durham Academy Sports Hall of Fame.

Flanagan's parents are both accomplished runners. Her mother, Cheryl Treworgy, is a former marathon world record holder (as Cheryl Bridges - 1971) and a five-time U.S. World Cross Country Championship participant. Her father, Steve Flanagan, was also a U.S. World Cross Country Champion participant and marathon runner. (PR 2:18) He raised Shalane and her sister Maggie in Marblehead with his second wife Monica.

In the fall of 2009, Flanagan became a volunteer assistant coach for the cross country team at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina.[27]

In the fall of 2013, Flanagan became a volunteer assistant coach for the women cross country team at Portland State University.[28]

See also[edit]

  • Lynn Jennings, first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 10,000 m (1992)


  1. ^ "2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women 5000 Meter Run". USA Track & Field. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Helene (August 15, 2008). "Shalane Flanagan pulls off a gutsy bronze in the 10,000-meter run". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Hersh, Philip (August 16, 2008). "American Flanagan rallies to win 10,000 bronze". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 16, 2008. 
  4. ^ Goe, Ken (June 4, 2009). "Prefontaine Classic: Shalane Flanagan tackles the 1,500, but marathon might be in her future". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ Goe, Ken (June 25, 2009). "Amy Yoder Begley digs deep, outlegs Shalane Flanagan for U.S. title". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Houston success for Flanagan". Google News. Press Association. January 17, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Duncan, Chris (January 17, 2010). "Olympian Flanagan wins Houston half-marathon". (Gannett). Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ Estest, Jim Ritzenhein and Flanagan cruise to US XC titles IAAF, February 14, 2010; Retrieved February 19, 2010
  9. ^ Powers, John (June 16, 2010). "Flanagan will debut in marathon in NY". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ Larkin, Duncan Defar clocks 1:07:44 in Half Marathon debut in Philadelphia IAAF, September 20, 2010; Retrieved September 20, 2010
  11. ^ "Flanagan finishes runner-up in NYC Marathon". Universal Sports. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ Flanagan dominates and Vaughn surprises as Team USA places decided for Punta Umbria IAAF/USATF, February 6, 2011; Retrieved February 6, 2011
  13. ^ Scott, Roxanna. "Shalane Flanagan starts fast at cross country worlds". Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ Rung, Caitlin (June 27, 2011). "Marblehead's Flanagan wins US 10,000-meter title". Boston Globe. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ Shipley, Amy (June 23, 2011). "U.S. track championships: Shalane Flanagan ready to go the distance, whatever it is". Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ Flanagan, with sights on London qualification, runs 1:09:58 in Miami Beach IAAF, December 12, 2011; Retrieved October 3, 2012
  17. ^ "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". AP. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  18. ^ Shalane Flanagan - Events and results London 2012
  19. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel Tadese collects third consecutive win in Lisbon IAAF, March 25, 2012; Retrieved March 26, 2012
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  21. ^ Defar and Farah set course records in New Orleans. IAAF (2013-02-24). Retrieved on 2013-03-02.
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  24. ^ Gate River Run
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  27. ^ "Flanagan to be Volunteer Coach". TarHeel Blue. September 4, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009. 
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