PORTLAND (USA): Shalane Flanagan will make her much-anticipated return to racing with a 10K at the Portland Track Festival, race organizers confirmed on Monday. Writes flotrack. The four-time Olympian was sidelined from competition after a fracture in her iliac crest kept her from racing the Boston Marathon. The Portland Track Festival will mark Flanagan’s first race since finishing sixth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games last August.
RunBlogRun opines: Shalane Flanagan is the former AR holder at both 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. In 2008, Shalane took the Olympic bronze medal at 10,000 meters and set the AR. She was 10th in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon and sixth in the 2016 Rio Olympic marathon. Her medal in 2008 has since been upgraded to the silver medal due to the disqualification due to a drug positive during retesting of the former silver medalist.
Shalane Flanagan is one of the most popular and enduring athletes in the sport of American Track & Field. She is extremely popular in Boston Marathon venues and fans with her fine performances there. It is exciting to see that she will be racing this coming weekend in Portland.