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Shelby Houlihan sets new 5,000m American record

Shelby Houlihan has set a new American 5,000m record of 14:34.45 in Heusden, Belgium


Shelby Houlihan has had an incredible 2018 outdoor track season. She was the American 5,000m and 1,500m champion, she ran 3:57 to break four minutes over 1,500m, and now she’s set a new American 5,000m record of 14:34.45 in Heusden, Belgium.

On Saturday night, Houlihan had the help of American distance running legend Shalane Flanagan, along with Boston’s Cory McGee. Flanagan and McGee set the race to bring Houlihan through at a record-breaking pace. Once the two pacers dropped off, Houlihan had to run hard on her own. 

Flanagan is also a former American 5,000m record holder. 

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Houlihan dropped the field and won the race by nearly 30 seconds. The previous record was held by Shannon Rowbury in 14:38.92. 

Houlihan’s next race will be a 1,500m in Birmingham where she could also capture the American 1,500m record. She has run 3:57 this season, and the current 1,500m record stands at 3:56.29. That mark was also set by Rowbury.