Wednesday, 16 November 2016 04:18
NYC Marathon Debut Performance Garners Molly Huddle USATF Athlete of the Week Honors FeaturedWritten by Christine
From USATF (Nov. 11, 2016) -- In a sea of over 51,000 runners at last Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon, 2016 Olympian Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) pushed through to finish her debut marathon in third-place, running the sixth-fastest American woman’s NYC Marathon debut in history.
Huddle’s 2:28:13 finish came just 12 seconds behind second-place Sally Kipyego and 4:13 after overall women’s winner Mary Keitany. Despite taking two weeks off from training to heal an injury, Molly maintained a sub-six pace average throughout the 26.2 miles.
“I was able to do all the things correctly that I was worried about...” said Huddle to NYRR. “You have to believe in yourself and one day it will pay off.”
The marathon caps off a history-making year for Huddle, who also set a new American record in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in Rio. Before last Sunday, her longest race had been a half marathon. Huddle has said that she plans to focus on track next season and consider another marathon in 2018.
Other notable performances this week included Irene Obera of Fremont, CA, who finished out World Masters Athletics Championships by winning 8 individual medals in addition to the W80 world records set last week in the heptathlon and hurdles.
Published in Marathons