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2018 U.S. marathon rankings

2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 07: Galen Rupp of United States reacts following the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Rupp finished fifth in 2:06:21. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

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With the New York City Marathon in the books, the 2018 major marathon calendar is complete. It’s an opportune time to look at the U.S. rankings.

The fastest times reflect the prevailing storyline in U.S. road running -- the women are outpacing the men on the global stage.

2017 marked the strongest year in U.S. female marathoning with five breaking 2:27 and nine breaking 2:30. This year is a close second, with four women breaking 2:27 and seven under 2:30. What’s more, the three fastest American women of 2017 were replaced completely by the three fastest women of 2018.

Four U.S. women are in the world top 100 for the year -- Amy Cragg (18th), Sara Hall (76th), Shalane Flanagan (77th) and Molly Huddle (84th).

That doesn’t include Des Linden, who recorded the biggest marathon win for an American this year (in Boston) and Jordan Hasay, who last year became the second-fastest U.S. female marathoner of all time but did not race 26.2 miles this year due to injuries.

Just one U.S. man has broken 2:12 in 2018. If that holds, it will be the second occurrence in 17 years, along with 2013.

Galen Rupp, although out through the spring marathon season after foot surgery, is a massive favorite to win the Leap Day 2020 Olympic Trials. Rupp ranks 22nd in the world this year. The next-fastest American, Olympic teammate Jared Ward, is No. 262.

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MORE: New York City Marathon Results

Galen Rupp2:06:07PragueWIN
Galen Rupp2:06:21Chicago5th
Jared Ward2:12:24New York City6th
Scott Fauble2:12:28New York City7th
Elkanah Kibet2:12:35Chicago13th
Shadrack Biwott2:12:52New York City9th
Chris Derrick2:13:08New York City10th
Aaron Braun2:13:16Chicago14th
Jonas Hampton2:14:19Chicago15th
Parker Stinson2:14:29Chicago16th

Amy Cragg2:21:42Tokyo3rd
Sara Hall2:26:20Ottawa3rd
Shalane Flanagan2:26:22New York City3rd
Molly Huddle2:26:44New York City4th
Des Linden2:27:51New York City6th
Allie Kieffer2:28:12New York City7th
Lindsay Flanagan2:28:25Frankfurt13th
Stephanie Bruce2:30:59New York City11th
Roberta Groner2:31:01New York City12th
Carrie Dimoff2:31:12New York City14th