It was Flanagan’s fourth marathon, and she believes the American women are in good shape for the future. She and Goucher, who finished sixth, are not going away any time soon.
“I have full faith that Kara and I and our coach will break this race down, but he already told me he’s really proud of me,’’ said Flanagan. “All we can ask of ourselves is to put ourselves in position to capitalize on the day.
“We’ll go back and assess, but I’m genuinely proud of my buildup and I’m proud of my race.”
Sadly, though, what should have been great memories of the 117th Marathon no longer really mattered.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.