Chicago Marathon 2019: Women’s world record shattered by Brigid Kosgei: 2:14:04

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Brigid Kosgei takes down the 16-year-old women’s marathon world record in Chicago, posting an incredible 2:14:04 time

How the ‘Shalane Flanagan Effect’ Works

Instead of being threatened by her teammates’ growing accomplishments, Flanagan embraced them, and brought in more women, elevating them to her level until they become the most formidable group of distance athletes in the nation.

.. This is not all selfless acts of mentorship; the camaraderie Flanagan has fostered with her teammates served her well.

“I thoroughly enjoy working with other women,” Flanagan told me. “I think it makes me a better athlete and person. It allows me to have more passion toward my training and racing. When we achieve great things on our own, it doesn’t feel nearly as special.”

.. Flanagan’s leadership style doesn’t fit the “girl boss” leadership archetypes that are flourishing in pop culture, the Ivanka Trump feminism, with its shallow claims of support for women, that yields no results. (Ms. Trump’s kind of feminism may attract cheers at races, but it does not win them.) Flanagan does not just talk about elevating women; she elevates them. And they win.

.. We usually see competitive women, particularly athletically excellent women, only in one of two ways: either competing to defeat one another, or all about team over self. But that’s a flawed, limiting paradigm. The Shalane Effect dismantles it: She is extraordinarily competitive, but not petty; team-oriented, but not deferential. Elevating other women is actually an act of self-interest: It’s not so lonely at the top if you bring others along.

Shalane Flanagan Makes a Winning Run in New York

The 36-year-old is the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon

Until Flanagan methodically dismantled the overwhelming favorite, three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya over the final Manhattan miles, breaking into a grin and then tears as she crossed the finish-line tape in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds—no broken leg required.

Flanagan was raised by two former elite runners in Marblehead, Mass., where trips to watch the Boston Marathon were a regular childhood ritual. Her own elite career has spanned more than a decade, since winning back to back NCAA cross country titles for UNC Chapel Hill in 2002 and 2003, the silver medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics, and a seven-year marathoning career with a personal best of 2:21:14 in 2014 in Berlin.

.. her 6th place finish at the Rio Olympics