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Alicia Monson shatters American record in 10,000m

Alicia Monson

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 26: Aicia Monson of USA competes in Woman’s 300m during the Athletissima Lausanne Diamond League athletics meeting at Stade Olympique Pontaise on August 26, 2022 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Marco M. Mantovani/Getty Images)

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Alicia Monson shattered the American women’s 10,000m record by 9.35 seconds in a race in San Juan Capistrano, California, on Saturday night.

Monson, a 24-year-old who placed 13th at the Tokyo Olympics and last year’s world championships, ran 30 minutes, 3.82 seconds. That broke the American record of 30:13.17 set by Molly Huddle at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Monson placed second in Saturday’s race to Eilish McColgan, who clocked 30:00.87 to beat Paula Radcliffe’s British record of 30:01.09 from August 2002.

Monson lowered her personal best from last year by 47.27 seconds, doing so with rain picking up during the 25-lap race.

“It was definitely aggressive, but training said that I could do it,” she told DyeStat. “Once it started raining harder, I kind of had to try to relax my face just because the rain pelting in your face can be a bit distracting, but I just had to tell myself I’ve run in these conditions before and I’m ready to go.”

Monson became the 14th-fastest woman in history in the event. Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey has the world record of 29:01.03.

On Feb. 11, Monson ran the fastest-ever 3000m by an American woman at the indoor Millrose Games (8:25.05). The 3000m is not on the program for August’s world outdoor championships nor the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Monson is also the third-fastest American woman in history in the 5000m and won the 2022 USA Track and Field Cross Country Championships.

Her coach, three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, has said he could see her becoming a marathoner in the future.

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