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24 August 2021, 9am

“Strongest-ever” field of US women promised

Molly Seidel to make NYC debut

TCS New York City Marathon
Sun 7 November 2021

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Olympic medalist Molly Seidel will make her TCS New York City Marathon debut after winning bronze at the Tokyo Games, leading what will be the strongest-ever field of American women in the race at the event’s 50th running on Sunday, 7 November.

Joining Seidel in New York in the elite athlete field will be 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion Aliphine Tuliamuk, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego, 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000m champion Emily Sisson, and 2018 Boston Marathon winner and two-time Olympian Des Linden.

In her third marathon ever Seidel won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. She held on to the lead pack for the entire race to finish in 2:27:46 and became only the third American woman in history (after Joan Benoit in 1984 and Deena Kastor in 2004) to medal in the Olympic marathon. In her first career marathon – the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials – Seidel finished as the runner-up in 2:27:31, becoming the youngest American woman to make an Olympic marathon team since 1992. Later in 2020, she went on to finish sixth in her second career marathon in London in 2:25:13.

“Since the beginning of 2021 I’ve had two races circled on my calendar,” said Seidel. “The Olympic Games Marathon on 7 August, and the TCS New York City Marathon on 7 November. Winning the bronze medal in Sapporo showed that I can run with the best in the world and, on any given day, anything is possible. I can’t think of a better year to run my first New York than in its 50th running.”

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