NEW YORK – Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel is one of many notable American women planning to run the New York City Marathon in November, race organizers said on Wednesday.
Seidel amazed herself with a third place in Tokyo this month in the third 26.2 mile race of his career. The NCAA Division I champion at Notre Dame in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter events, she is now the headliner of the 50th New York Marathon when it debuts in five boroughs.
“Since the start of 2021, I’ve circled two races on my calendar: the Olympics marathon on August 7 and the TCS New York City marathon on November 7,” said Seidel, 27, who grew up in Wisconsin. . “Winning the bronze medal in Sapporo showed that I can race with the best in the world, and every day anything is possible. “
American teammates Aliphine Tuliamuk, Sally Kipyego and Emily Sisson will also be on the field, along with 2018 Boston Marathon winner Des Linden.
Four-time champion Mary Keitany of Kenya will not compete for the first time since 2013.
The male professional field has yet to be announced.
The 2020 New York Marathon was called off by the pandemic, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in June that the 2021 race would continue – albeit with a field limited to around 33,000 participants, up from 55,000 in 2019.
Tuliamuk, who was born in Kenya, won the 2020 US Olympic Marathon trials in Atlanta four years after gaining US citizenship. She gave birth to a daughter in January 2021 but has always competed in Tokyo. She gave up near the 20 kilometer mark.
“I want to inspire people, especially my daughter, to pursue their dreams,” she said in a statement released by the New York City Marathon. “I’m a different athlete and person than the last time I ran the TCS New York City Marathon in 2019, so why not make one more dream come true on November 7th?”
Tatyana McFadden is aiming for a record sixth New York Marathon title in the wheelchair division, but hasn’t won since 2016.
The international field of competitors will be announced at a later date.
Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner
More from AP Sports: https://apnews.com/hub/sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.