Simply 5 months after setting the American record for the half-marathon in Indianapolis, Emily Sisson repeated that honor on a fair greater scale: On October 9, Sisson set the American report within the marathon together with her second-place end on the Chicago Marathon.
Sisson ran 2:18:29, shaving 43 seconds off the earlier report, which was set by Keira D’Amato earlier this yr. She completed just over four minutes behind Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich, who gained the 26.2-mile race for the second yr straight and missed setting a brand new world report by 14 seconds, in response to NBC Sports. Kenya’s Vivian Jerono Kiplagat earned third.
Whereas Sisson’s 2022 has been record-breaking, she hasn’t had a clean course main as much as it. Sisson, now 30, entered the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in 2020 as one of many favorites, however ended up dropping out of the hilly course by mile 22. It was the final mass marathon she raced till Chicago this weekend.
“The Olympic marathon trials, that broke my coronary heart,” Sisson informed NBC Sports. “Often I’m good at transferring on from unhealthy races, however I actually struggled with that one. There was nothing to maneuver on to, and my physique wasn’t feeling good, even when there was.”
Quickly after the marathon trials, the Olympics announced its postponement to 2021, and the monitor trails had been pushed again to 2021 as properly. Sisson—who races each shorter monitor distances and longer street distances—had an additional yr to prep for the ten,000 meter trials, and ended up profitable the race. She headed to Tokyo for her Olympic debut in 2021, and finished 10th within the 10,000-meter occasion (10,000 meters is 6.2 miles).
Following her Olympic expertise, Sisson informed Runner’s World that she deliberate to focus solely on the roads for 2022. Her physique wants a break by the tip of monitor season, she stated, which makes it arduous to get into marathon buildup.
“I really feel very assured in that call [not to run track],” she stated to Runner’s World. “I do love the monitor. However I actually need to see what I can do on the roads.”
That call paid off huge: In Indianapolis in Might, she set the American report within the half-marathon by working 1:07:11, after attempting to interrupt it twice earlier than and lacking it by a handful of seconds every time.
“Third time is a allure,” Sisson wrote on Instagram after clinching the 13.1-mile American report.
Her give attention to long-distance coaching has continued to reap dividends in Chicago. In response to The New York Times, Sisson was assured going into the race, and stated she would go for the American report if she was “having day.” She ended up negative-splitting the race—that means she completed the second half (the final 13 miles) faster than the primary.
Following the race, Sisson met up with D’Amato and American distance working legends Deena Kastor—who held the American marathon report till 2006—and Joan Benoit Samuelson, the primary Olympic Marathon champion.
“It is wonderful,” Sisson stated to NBC Chicago. “I imply, the ladies standing right here in the present day, they’ve all achieved a lot, so simply to be amongst them is an unimaginable honor.”
D’Amato, who served as a race analyst for NBC Chicago throughout the occasion, stated it was “fairly emotional” to be there when Sisson broke her American report. D’Amato had solely set the earlier report in January 2022 on the Houston Marathon, as SELF reported earlier this yr.
“I’m simply actually pleased with Emily in the present day, feeling a part of the legacy to maintain transferring the bar ahead for American girls,” D’Amato stated within the broadcast.