LONDON – Former North Carolina track and field stand-out Shalane Flanagan finished 10th in the women’s marathon at the 2012 Olympics today, a race that was just her third competitive 26.2 miles. Flanagan completed the race in 2:25:51.
Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia took home gold in a new Olympic record of 2:23:07. The other American in the event, Kara Goucher, finished just behind Flanagan in 11th-place in 2:26:07.
The race was marred by typical London weather including intermittent showers that made much of the cobblestones and pavement of the course slick. The course was highlighted with London landmarks Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace.
Flanagan stayed with the lead group for much of the race. The narrow course, sometimes thin enough only six runners could be side-by-side, was filled with tight turns that forced the pack to slow and pick up pace continually.
Flanagan was a bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters in Beijing in 2008. While at Carolina, she was an All-America selection multiple times as well as a national champion three times. She has been a professional runner since graduating in 2004.