TOKYO – Molly Seidel wins bronze, she did it again.
After an excellent performance to qualify for the Team USA at the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo, Japan, Molly Seidel won another bronze medal on Saturday by hanging out with the lead pack and running another brave race on Saturday. The 27 – year – old Seidel’s marathon is the third ever.
Seidel crossed the finish line third at 2:27:46 a.m. in Sapporo, where authorities moved the race start time to one hour to avoid heat. Kenyans Perez Zepchirchir and Brigid Kosgi finished first and second, respectively.
Molly Seidel, who shared her time between Boston and Flagstaff, Arizona, became the third American woman to win a medal in the women’s marathon. Joan Benoit won gold at the event in 1984, and Dinah Castor won bronze in 2004.
“Getting here is already a dream come true,” Seidel told NBC after the race. “And to come out against a field like this today and come to America with a bronze medal – I’m in shock. I’m in disbelief now.”
It was a spectacular victory at the four-time NCAA Champion Track in Cross Country, a marathon still a relatively unknown distance for them.
“She’s running with experience, she’s not clear,” NBC analyst Cara Gaucher said during Saturday’s broadcast.
Fellow American Sally Kipyego finished 17th. With her team, olympian trials winner Alifine Tuliamuk missed the race halfway through due to injury in a post on social media.
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A Wisconsin native who ran collectively in Notre Dame ran the 5k and 10k races before attempting the Seidel Marathon. She has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta since December 2019 with half marathon time, after which she completed a shocking second in the trials at her marathon debut.
Seidel continued training when the Olympics were postponed for a year due to the Kovid-19 pandemic and finished sixth in the London Marathon, which took place only in October for the upper classes.