BERLIN – Maggie Vessey, Christin Wurth-Thomas, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher and Jenny Barringer will lead a crew of American female distance runners at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 15-23 in Berlin, Germany.
2007 World Outdoor 10,000m bronze medalist Kara Goucher leads the American marathon team in Berlin. Having finished third in both the New York City and Boston Marathons, Goucher turned in a 1:08:05 in the women’s half marathon in Chicago just a few weeks ago and looks to be on target to collect the first U.S. medal in the marathon since 1983. Rounding out the five-person team will be Desirae Davila, Paige Higgins, Zoila Gomez and Tera Moody.
Three-time NCAA Outdoor 5,000m champion Jen Rhines will be running in her fourth World Championships, after finishing as the runner-up in the women’s 5,000m in Eugene. The seventh-place finisher at this event as the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, Rhines will be joined on the track by USA Outdoors fourth-place finisher Julie Culley, who placed seventh at the 2008 Olympic Trials.
2008 Olympians Amy Yoder Begley and Shalane Flanagan charged into Berlin in anticipation of what’s to come in the 10,000m final at the 2009 World Championships. In the 10,000m final at the U.S. Championships this past June, Yoder Begley and 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Flanagan traded the lead twice in the final lap, with Yoder Begley emerging as the victor in 31 minutes, 22.69 seconds, which is the #9 U.S. women’s 10,000m time in history. Flanagan was the runner-up in 31:23.43. Joining them will be 2005 U.S. champion Katie McGregor, who took third in Eugene.
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