The New York City Marathon marked the last major marathon of 2022. With that in mind, a look at where American marathon runners stand with 15 months before the Olympic trialswhere the top three are likely to qualify for the Paris Games…
It was the best year in the history of the women’s marathon in the United States, strictly timed. A 16-year-old American record was broken by Keira D’Amato in January, then Emilie Sisson broke D’Amato’s record in October. Nine women went under 2:26. Prior to 2022, a total of 15 American women have beaten 2:26 all-time.
No American woman made the top five in Boston or New York (nor did any American man, marking the first time that had happened for both genders in a year since 2001). But the American women had the best collective results of any nation at the world championships in July in Eugene, Oregon – fifth, seventh and eighth.
Sisson, 31, broke the American record in Chicago in her first mass marathon since dropping out of the February 2020 Olympic trials as a pre-race favorite.
D’Amato, a 38-year-old mother of two, left competition for eight years after college. She returned to the Tokyo Olympic cycle and placed 15th at the last Olympic trials, when she was not considered a candidate to make the team. Now she is very present in the discussion, if not a favorite.
Sara Room, who with her husband Ryan has raised four adoptive Ethiopian sisters since 2015, ranks third in the country this year. Since 2004, she has competed in seven Olympic trial events without being part of a team covering the 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m, 3,000m steeplechase and the marathon. At the Paris Games, she will be 41, older than any other American Olympic runner, according to olymedia.org.
Emma Bates, 30, was the fastest American in 2021 and the second American runner-up this year at the world championships and in New York. Among this year’s best, she was the most consistent and youngest runner.
Others to watch out for: Aliphine Tuliamukthe surprise winner of the 2020 Olympic Trials, was the best American in New York (seventh, 2:26:18, over a difficult course) in her first marathon since running the Tokyo Games seven months after the childbirth.
Molly Seidel, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, ran a marathon in 2022, leaving Boston with hip pain. She then withdrew before the world championships, citing a “complete struggle” physically and mentally since Boston in April.
Fastest US women’s marathons in 2022
|Sara Room||2:22:10||World’s Championships||5th|
|Emma Bates||2:23:16||World’s Championships||7th|
|Keira D’Amato||2:23:34||World’s Championships||8th|
|Lindsay Flanagan||2:24:35||Gold Coast (Australia)||1st|
As has been the trend, American men have not been as strong as American women.
Conner Mantz, who made his marathon debut in Chicago and posted the fastest time for an American this year, ranks 148th in the world for 2022 according to best times. By comparison, 11 Americans rank among the top 142 in the world this year.
If Mantz remains the fastest American through the end of the year and 14 other men from other nations pass him in the world time rankings, it will be the first year in modern world track and field records that an American will not rank in the top 161. in the world.
In recent years, the double Olympic medalist Galen Rupp kept the U.S. men’s marathon afloat (Rupp was the only American in the world’s top 295 last year). But Rupp, now 36, has struggled with injuries this year which forced him to stop several times in the final kilometers of the world championships (he finished 19th) and may have been the reason of his abandonment in New York on Sunday.
The good news: two American men beat 2:09 for the first time since 2006, and four beat 2:09:30 for the first time ever. Ian Butler (personal best 2:09:45) and CJ Albertson (personal best 2:10:23) have yet to run the Valencia Marathon on December 4.
Mantz was the fastest American in his only marathon in 2022. Scott Faublewho entered the 2020 Olympic trials as a candidate and finished 12th, was the top American in Boston and New York, which also puts him at the top.
Fastest US men’s marathons in 2022
|Galen Rupp||2:09:36||World’s Championships||19th|
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