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Abdirahman’s marathon record earns him USATF Athlete of the Week honors


INDIANAPOLIS -- Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Arizona) set a masters men’s marathon record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Abdirahman, a 42-year-old four-time U.S Olympian and three-time World Championships competitor at 10,000 meters, ran 2:11:34 at the TCS New York City Marathon to break the American men’s masters record and finish ninth overall. Bernard Lagat set the pending masters AR of 2:12:10 earlier this year in Australia, while Meb Keflezighi holds the ratified mark at 2:12:20 from 2016. It was Abdirahman’s eighth NYC marathon, and his sixth top-10 finish at the prestigious race.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the past week:

Jenny Hitchings — Hitchings set a masters women’s 55-59 age group world record (Pending ratification) at the New York City Marathon with her 2:50:36. The existing record was 2:52:14 by S. Rae Baymiller in 1998.

Anthony Rotich — Rotich won the men’s USATF 5km Championships at New York City, clocking 13:48 for his first national title.

Shannon Rowbury — Rowbury was the women’s winner at the USATF 5km Championships with a 15:43.

Adam Peterman — Peterman won the men’s USATF Trail Marathon Championships at Moab, Utah, in 2:57:28.

Chessa Adsit-Morris — Adsit-Morris won the women’s crown at the USATF Trail Marathon Championships in 3:40:31.

Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles; July 17, Florence Meiler; July 24, Matthew Boling; July 31, Dalilah Muhammad; August 7, Cory McGee; August 14, Kara Winger; August 21, Leonard Korir; August 28, Will Claye; September 4, Donavan Brazier; September 11, Sara Hall; September 18, Kate Grace; October 10, Dalilah Muhammad; October 17, Jacques Sallberg; October 24, Leonard Korir; October 31, Camille Herron; November 7, Abdi Abdirahman.


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