Molly Huddle's 5,000-meter time of 14 minutes, 42.64 seconds wasn't good enough to win her Diamond League race in Monaco on Friday, but it did break the U.S. women's record for the race, which she herself set in 2010.
Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba won the race with a time of 14:28.88.
Huddle destroyed her previous American record of 14:44.76 by more than two seconds.
Shalane Flanagan held the record from 2007 to 2010 with a time of 14:44.80.
The Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.) caught up with Huddle's father:
“Naturally I’m pleased and I’m proud of her,” her father, Bob Huddle, said after following the race online from Elmira. “Before she left I talked to her and said 14:39 to 14:41. This is really good and I think it’s a good, honest indication of her performance level.
“I think to break your own record is pretty amazing.”
- Evan Webeck