Emily Sisson breaks American women’s marathon record

Three days before her 31st birthday and with just one marathon on her resume, Emily Sisson took to the streets of Chicago and lowered the US women’s marathon record by 43 seconds, becoming the first American woman to run a marathon in less than 2 hours. 19 minutes.

Conditions on the relatively flat Chicago Marathon course were ideal, with Sisson – who won the 10,000 at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials last summer – finish second to Ruth Chepng’etich. The Kenyan repeated as the Chicago champion with a time of 2:14:18, fractions of a second off the world record of 2:14:04 set by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei in the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

From 2021: Emily Sisson overcomes a broken heart to dominate the 10,000 at the American track and field trials

Sisson finished in 2:18:29, taking 43 seconds off the American record set by Keira D’Amato in January in Houston. Prior to D’Amato, the record stood for 16 years; now it has been lowered twice in 10 months, which is what D’Amato expected.

“There are a number of American women who are also aiming for this record, so I think if I don’t lower it myself, it won’t be mine for a very long time,” she said before the marathon. from Berlin two weeks ago. D’Amato, who did not race in Chicago, joined Sisson at the finish line, along with Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuelson – women who held the American record before her.

“It’s amazing,” Sisson said, according to NBC Chicago. “I mean, the women standing here today, they’ve all accomplished so much, so to be among them is an incredible honor.”

Sisson said she was unaware the record was within reach until very close to the finish line.

“I was just given instructions to get out of my pacers and not think about the weather at all, so I had no idea what pace I was running to, I think, like a mile to go,” said she declared. “A couple of people told me to take it, so I thought, ‘Oh, I must be close to breaking 2:20 or the American record,’ but I didn’t know which one.”

The Chicago race marked Sisson’s return to the marathon after dropping out of the 2020 Olympic marathon trials after 22 miles when she was a favorite. Her only other marathon came in London, where she ran a 2:23:08 in 2019.

She is 37 years old. Mom of two children. And America’s fastest marathon runner.

“The Olympic marathon trials – it broke my heart,” said six-time national champion Sisson later. “Usually I’m good at having bad races, but I really struggled with this one.”

At the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Sisson finished 10th in the 10,000, America’s top finisher, after winning that event at the 2021 US Trials. His time of 31:03.82 broke the 17-year-old Trials record set by Kastor in 2004. Sisson, who set the U.S. record for the half marathon (1:07:11) in May, recently told Forbes she’s growing. more comfortable with races like Chicago, one of the six greatest marathons in the world.

“As I gained more experience in the sport, I was able to handle those big racing days with more confidence and composure, compared to when I was younger,” she said. “I just keep telling myself that I did my best and all I have to do is give it my all.”

Five of the top 10 women in Chicago were Americans: Susanna Sullivan was sixth in 2:25:14, Sara Vaughn seventh in 2:26:23, Maggie Montoya eighth in 2:28:07 and Makena Morley 10th in 2:30. :28.

Kenya’s Benson Kipruto was the men’s winner in 2:04:24 with Conner Mantz, who was seventh in 2:08:16, the top American finisher.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair race in 1:25:20, adding Chicago to his major 2022 marathon victories in Tokyo, Berlin and London. Susannah Scaroni of the United States won her first major marathon title in the women’s wheelchair competition clocking 1:45:48.

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