Jordan Hasay ran the fastest-ever marathon by an American in a debut. The Portland, Ore. resident bettered the previous mark by nearly three minutes in what was perhaps the performance of the day at the Boston Marathon.
The 25-year-old finished third to winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya and Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo on Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts running 2:23:00. Kara Goucher had the previous fastest time by an American in a debut, a 2:25:53 in 2008. Hasay’s debut was a much-anticipated one as earlier this month she ran a scorching 67:55 half-marathon in the Czech Republic.
During Monday’s race, Hasay wore her late mother’s engagement ring, whom she spoke about during the post-race press conference. She grabbed bottles from the aid station with the same hand bearing the ring. Hasay’s mother, Teresa, passed away unexpectedly in early November. She was 58.
“I felt really blessed to have her out there running every step with me and that gives me a lot of strength in the marathon and is what helped me get through the distance,” she says.
Hasay’s teammates with the Nike Oregon Project, Galen Rupp and Suguru Osako, finished second and third in the men’s race at the Boston Marathon. Rupp, the Olympic marathon bronze medallist, ran 2:09:58, a personal best, and Osako ran 2:10:28 in his debut.
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2:23:00 by Jordan Hasay is 13th fastest debut in history
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Statistician Ken Nakamura says Hasay’s 2:23:00 marathon is the 13th fastest debut in history.