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Who were the fastest U.S. marathoners of 2016?

Athletics Marathon - Olympics: Day 16

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Galen Rupp of the United States and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia compete during the Men’s Marathon on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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New York City marked the end of the year’s major marathons. Though some fast times could still be posted, namely in Fukuoka in December, the American bests are likely all set.

It turned out to be a strong year for American marathoners placement-wise, thanks in large part to New York City, where the U.S. put a man and a woman on the podium in the same year for the first time since 1994.

The U.S.’ best finish in an annual World Marathon Major this year (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York City), prior to New York City, was a seventh place from Serena Burla in Chicago.

The lack of success in city marathons can be chalked up to the Olympic year. Every elite U.S. marathoner chose the U.S. Olympic Trials in February over a spring marathon, and the six who made the Olympic team all skipped fall marathons.

At the Olympics, Galen Rupp took bronze for the first U.S. marathon medal since 2004. Combined with Jared Ward‘s sixth-place finish, the U.S. was the only nation to put two men in the top 10.

In the women’s race, the U.S. became the second nation ever to put three women in an Olympic marathon top nine -- Shalane Flanagan was sixth, Desi Linden seventh and Amy Cragg ninth.

Simplified, the U.S. would have swept the golds if the Olympic marathons were team events.

Strictly looking at times, the U.S. was not particularly fast this year. Again, the Olympics are the reason.

The best Americans skipped the traditionally fast major marathons (London, Berlin, Chicago), and the Olympic Trials and the Rio Games were not fast races.

The fastest American man, Rupp, ran 2:10:05, which ranks him No. 108 in the world in 2016, according to the IAAF.

The top woman, Flanagan, ran 2:25:26, which ranks her No. 42 in the world this year.

The 10 fastest U.S. marathon times for men and women are below.

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NameTimeRaceResult
Galen Rupp2:10:05Rio OlympicsThird
Galen Rupp2:11:12Olympic TrialsFirst
Bobby Curtis2:11:20FrankfurtFourth
Abdi Abdirahman2:11:23New York CityThird
Jared Ward2:11:30Rio OlympicsSixth
Shadrack Biwott2:12:01New York CityFifth
Meb Keflezighi2:12:20Olympic TrialsSecond
Jared Ward2:13:00Olympic TrialsThird
Diego Estrada2:13:56ChicagoEighth
Luke Puskedra2:14:12Olympic TrialsFourth

NameTimeRaceResult
Shalane Flanagan2:25:26Rio OlympicsSixth
Desi Linden2:26:08Rio OlympicsSeventh
Molly Huddle2:28:13New York CityThird
Amy Cragg2:28:20Olympic TrialsFirst
Amy Cragg2:28:25Rio OlympicsNinth
Desi Linden2:28:54Olympic TrialsSecond
Shalane Flanagan2:29:19Olympic TrialsThird
Lindsay Flanagan2:29:28FrankfurtFourth
Sara Hall2:30:06London12th
Kara Goucher2:30:24Olympic TrialsFourth