American champion since defeating the African Army at the 2017 New York City Marathon, and the first to do so since 1977, Shalane Flanagan (July 8, 1981, Boulder, Colorado) has already developed an impressive track record in athletics that includes, among other successes, the Silver medalist in the 10,000m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (behind Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba), and bronze at the 2011 World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, United States records in 3000, 5000 indoor and 15K, or participation in four Olympic Games.
In 2019, the athlete who grew up in Marblehead (Massachusetts) and who is The daughter of Sheryl Triorgi (marathon world record holder in 1971 at 2:49:40) and Steve Flanagan (world cross country champion) stopped running at the age of 38: “With happy tears I announce that I am retiring from professional athletics. I have broken my bones and tendons, and lost so many nails that I cannot keep track. I have experienced unprecedented highs and lows. I have loved and learned from everything. Now it is to share what I have learned and I will train others in Nike Bowerman Track Club in Oregon.”
The pandemic made him pause because he saw the tight schedule for the ‘Six Majors’ marathon in 2021. I thought, ‘Someone has to do it all this year. ” And after a while I said to myself: Why can’t I do it myself? I evaluated whether I would be able to. I said to myself: “I’m retired, I’m a coach, mom, I had knee surgery…”. And I decided I don’t know what If I was I would be able to do it, but I wanted to try,” Flanagan told Popsugar. He started preparing from his best, at 2:21:14 in Berlin 2014, and decided to set himself a 3-hour limit on each of the six dates he might oppose within 42 days.
Before “Flannagan’s Madness” began, Shalin brought it to the world as most of the ads are now coming out… via social networks. “Dear Running: It’s me again, and I’ve fallen in love with you again. (…]I had to retire and not run for a year because of two knee surgeries to realize you were my best friend. I need him to feel like me. My best self. Then came a global pandemic. Everything stopped. I suffered. I felt depressed. When I finally got up and back To the road, my recovery began. I began to feel like myself again, and with every step I came back stronger.(…) I want to do something that makes others feel that they can do anything. I want to help young athletes realize the purity of the relationship between physical and emotional health, send a positive message to young women and show that sport is for life. I want to inspire people to find what makes them feel more alive.” Posted by video on Instagram.
The adventure began on September 26 in Berlin with a time of 2 hours: 38:32 (17th place in the women’s category) and a week later, she finished 19th in London with a time of 2:35:04. Seven days later, the fiercest moment came with two marathons in just 24 hours. Flanagan’s success in both: 2h:46:39 (34) in Chicago) and 2h:40:34 (33) a day later. Ahead of us is virtual Tokyo, which will start in Portland, and will be the end of the party in New York on November 7.
Las ‘Six Majors’ de Flanagan
|Berlin||September 26||2h:38:32 (17ª)|
|London||October 03||2h:35:04 (19ª)|
|Chicago||October 10||2h:46:39 (34ª)|
|Boston||October 11||2 hours: 40:34 (33 degrees)|
|Such as||October 17||Practically from Portland|
|New York||November 7||accidental|
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