Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan finishes 7th in marathon - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan finishes 7th in marathon

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MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (WHDH) - Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan was the favorite to win the women's race in this year's Boston Marathon, but she fell behind winner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya.

Flanagan finished seventh after leading for more than half the race. She took a gamble by setting the early pace. She ran her first mile in 5 minutes, 11 seconds, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.

Her final time was 2 hours, 22 minutes, 2 seconds, making her the fastest woman from America and beating a predicted time, according to her father.
"When I said 2:23:06, in my own mind that should've been enough to win it, it would've been last year," he said.

Steve Flanagan said that about a month ago, he wrote down a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 6 seconds on the whiteboard in his kitchen. He said this was the time that she was going to run and it would be fast enough for her to win the race.

He is very proud of his little girl.

"I envision she is happy at the moment. I think it's tough. I don't know if you saw the interview after the race, for them three or four minutes it's very emotional regardless of result. She composed herself upon reflection...She has to be happy regardless of place," Steve said.

The White House congratulated Flanagan in a tweet, saying that she and men's winner Meb Keflezighi were "making America proud." Mayor Marty Walsh also took to Twitter to congratulate Flanagan on a "strong finish."

Flanagan finished fourth last year and she was one of the first to say that she would run again in 2014. She says that she will be back in 2015.
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