The 2020 Tokyo Women’s Marathon ended with a predictable 1-2 for Kenya, with Peres Jepchirchir taking the gold and Brigid Kosgei the silver. But immediately behind them, the American Molly Seidel gave the surprise by getting bronze.
Jepchirchir arrived with two world titles in the half marathon and Kosgei as the owner of the world record in the distance, with which they were among the favorites. Seidel, on the other hand, had only run the 42,195 meters twice in his career.
The first was less than a year and a half ago, on February 29, 2020, as part of the trials of the United States team. He finished in second place in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 31 seconds and so on secured his place in the Olympics.
In this way, she became the first American woman to qualify for an Olympic marathon by running the distance for the first time.
A few months later, in November, he completed his second marathon, taking sixth place in one of the majors, London, with a time of 2:25:13 which is still his PB (Personal Best, best brand of his career).
In sapporo, where the Olympic marathon was run with temperatures of more than 30 degrees and high humidity, Seidel stopped the clock at 2:27:46, only 26 seconds behind the winner.
Although she has very little experience in mother distance, Seidel had excelled in track and field from a young age – she was a great cross country runner in high school and then 10,000 meters in college. But injuries and an eating disorder seemed to have ended his career.
But by the end of 2019 he was back, taking a great victory, with a time of 1:09:35, in the Rock’n’Roll San Antonio Half Marathon, which also gave him access to the Olympic qualification test.
There’s more fun facts in Molly Seidel’s bio. For example He has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and another in Environmental Sciences from the prestigious University of Notre Dame.
And until her qualification for the Games, she had two jobs in Boston, where she lives: one as a barista in a coffee shop and the other as a babysitter.
In his words, before participating in the trials: “I wake up, I have a training session, I work for a couple of hours in the cafe or babysitter and I go back to running … although that will surely change.”
Or that the FKT (Fastest Known Turkey) is considered, that is, the fastest person to run disguised as a turkey. Seidel did it last year for Thanksgiving in the United States, with a mark of 34:33 in a 10-kilometer test.
For the connoisseurs, that is a record of 3:26 a kilometer. For those who do not know so much, that time would have been a world distance record until 1971.
As a final fact: after running in disguise, Seidel also cooked a turkey, the typical dish of Thanksgiving food in the US And according to her said on her social networks, it was her greatest achievement of the day.