Amy Cragg runs 2:21:42, takes 3rd at 2018 Tokyo Marathon: Six minute PB puts Amy as Number 5 American All time

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Amy Cragg, the 2017 London World Championship bronze medalist in the marathon, just opened, and rightfully so, a few more eyes with her fine performance at the Tokyo Marathon today (actually February 25, 2018). Amy Cragg just ran 2:21:42, nearly a six minute personal best (2:27:03) on the very fast Tokyo course! Congrats Amy!

Cragg_Amy-Baa10k16.jpgAmy Cragg, BAA 10k, photo by PhotoRun.net

Amy Cragg went out with 2015 champion Birhane Dibaba and the pre race favorite, Ruti Aga. They stayted together until around 33 kilometers. Dibaba and Aga battled away, as Amy Cragg, then on a 2:20:30 pace, battled her own demons. Dibaba went on to win, as she had in 2015, but this time with a fine PB of 2:19:51, just missing the 2:19:47 course record. Ruti Aga ran 2:21:19 for second place, (remember, last September in Berlin, where Ruti had placed second?).

Amy Cragg tends to not have easy finishes. In order to break 2:22, Amy Cragg had to dig deep inside herself, and she became the fifth fastest American woman of all times, with her fine 2:21:42.

A few weeks ago, someone emailed, "Where is Amy Cragg?" And I noted that she was training for a marathon . And train she had. We are so proud of Amy Cragg for her strong accomplishment!

Congrats also to Coaches Jerry Schumacher, Pascal Dobert and Alistair Cragg (who happens to be her husband) and the Bowerman Track Club.

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