Sara Hall of Flagstaff ran a personal best Sunday to finish second at the London Marathon, held as an elite race only because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hall, 37, bounced back from the disappointment of not finishing at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February to run 2:22.01, the sixth fastest marathon for an American woman on a record-eligible course.
Her previous PR (2:22.16) at Berlin in September 2019 elevated her to the No. 6 fastest position all-time for American women, which she improved upon at London.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Sara Hall of The United States of America crosses the finish line in second place ahead of Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya in the Elite Women’s Field during the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon around St. James’s Park on October 04, 2020 in London, England. The 40th Race will take place on a closed-loop circuit around St Jamesâ€™s Park in central London. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) (Photo: Richard Heathcote, Getty Images)
Kenyans Brigid Kosgei (2:18.58) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:22.05) were first and third at London. American Molly Seidel, second at the Olympic Trials to qualify for the Tokyo Games, was sixth (2:25.13).
Ethiopian Shura Kitata won the men’s winner in 2:05.41.
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