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Emily Sisson breaks the women's US marathon record

Emily Sisson breaks the women’s US marathon record

Three days shy of her 31st birthday and with only one previous marathon on her resume, Emily Sisson took to the streets of Chicago and lowered the US women’s marathon record by 43 seconds, becoming the first American woman to run a marathon in under two hours 19 minutes.

Conditions on the relatively flat Chicago Marathon track were perfect, with Sisson – from won 10000 At the US Olympic track and field last summer – Second place For Ruth Chipping Ech. The Kenyan repeated the Chicago Champion title with a time of 2:14:18, milliseconds ahead of the 2:14:04 world record set by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

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Sisson finished the race in 2:18:29, taking 43 seconds off The American record set by Kira D’Amato In January in Houston. Prior to D’Amato, the record had held for 16 years; Now it has been reduced twice in 10 months, something D’Amato expected.

“There are a number of American women who are striving for this record, so I think if I didn’t lower it myself, I wouldn’t have it for much longer,” She said Before the Berlin Marathon two weeks ago. D’Amato, who did not run in Chicago, joined Sisson at the finish line, along with Dina Castor and Joan Benoit Samuelson – the women who held the American record before her.

‘It’s amazing,’ said Sisson. According to NBC Chicago. “I mean, the women standing here today, they have all accomplished so much, so just being among them is an incredible honor.”

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Sison said she didn’t know the record was within reach until he got so close to the finish line.

“I had just been instructed to throw out my shots and not think about the time at all, so I had no idea how fast I was even running, I think, like a mile to go,” she said. “A few people told me to get it, so I thought, ‘Oh, I should be close to breaking 2:20 or the American record, but I didn’t know which. “

The Chicago race saw Sisson return to the marathon after withdrawing from the 2020 Olympics marathon trials after 22 miles despite being a favourite. Her only other marathon came in London, where she ran 2:23:08 in 2019.

She is 37. A mother of two children. The fastest marathon runner in America.

“The Olympic marathon trials – it broke my heart,” Sisson, a six-time national champion, later said. “Usually, I’m good at moving on from bad races, but I really struggled with that.”

At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Sisun was 10th out of 10,000, the best American playmaker after that win this event In the US trials for 2021. Her 31 o’clock: 03.82 He broke the 17-year-old’s trial record set by Castor in 2004. Sisson, who set The US record for the half marathon (1:07:11) in May, Forbes said Recently she has become more comfortable with races like Chicago, one of the six major marathons in the world.

“As I gain more experience in the sport, I am able to approach the big racing days with more confidence and composure, compared to when I was younger,” she said. “I simply repeat to myself that I did my best, and all I have to do is do my best.”

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Five of the top 10 Chicago girls were Americans: Susanna Sullivan was sixth with 2:25:14, Sara Vaughn was seventh with 2:26:23, Maggie Montoya 8th at 2:28:07 and Makena Morley 10th at 2:30:28.

Kenyan Benson Kipruto was the winner with a time of 2:04:24 with Conner Mantz who finished seventh with a time of 2:08:16 and is the top American scorer.

Switzerland’s Marcel Haug won the men’s wheelchair race in 1:25:20, adding Chicago to his victories at the 2022 marathon in Tokyo, Berlin and London. American Susanna Scaroni won her first major marathon title in the women’s wheelchair competition in 1:45:48.