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Amy Cragg ends 34-year medal drought in World Championships marathon with bronze

Amy Cragg ends 34-year medal drought in World Championships marathon with bronze

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat of Kenya poses with the silver medal, Rose Chelimo of Bahrain poses with the gold medal and Amy Cragg of the United States poses with the bronze medal for the Women’s Marathon during day three of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON — Two-time Olympian Amy Cragg made history Sunday coming across Tower Bridge, storming over the final 800m to win bronze in the women’s marathon, becoming the first American woman to capture a marathon medal at the IAAF World Championships since Marianne Dickerson in 1983.

“I still can’t believe it. Every medalist – past and present – I’ve always really looked up to and hold them above me, so it feels crazy to be in that group now, and it’s special.”

Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas) battled with Kenya’s Flomena Cheyech Daniel for the final medal of the day, starting her pursuit of the podium with a surge just after the 35 km mark. Cragg, Daniel, eventual winner Rose Chelimo and silver medalist Edna Kiplagat broke away from the pack of nine runners in the latter stages of the race, with Chelimo and Kiplagat dropping the hammer with 5 km remaining.

Cragg and Daniel traded the third and fourth spots over the final few kilometers but the race was Cragg’s over the final 400m as her trademark kick gave her bronze and nearly silver, as she ran out of real estate as Kiplagat crossed just ahead of her.

2015 top-10 finisher Serena Burla (St. Louis, Missouri) finished 11th overall in 2:29:32 and 2015 Pan American Games medalist Lindsay Flanagan (Roselle, Illinois) finished 37th in 2:39:47 to round out the Team USATF performances.

 

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