Molly Huddle Shatters U.S. 5K Record

The New York native has done it again.

Jul 21, 2014
Outside Magazine
Molly Huddle Mo Farrah Monaco Diamond League 5K American record sack race

Molly Huddle Shatters American Record    Tracktownphoto/flickr

At the Diamond League meet in Monaco on Friday, Molly Huddle broke her own American record in the 5,000 meters, running 14:42.64 to finish sixth overall. The time is more than two seconds quicker than her previous mark, set last summer in Belgium.

"I am happy I was able to chip away at the record and take advantage of the famously fast Monaco track," Huddle told the Star-Gazette, the major newspaper in her hometown of Elmira, New York.

The 29-year-old, who was a 10-time All American when she ran for Notre Dame, told that race conditions were ideal for her to run a PR.

"Fortunately for me, it was the the perfect race for me," Huddle said. "I just tried to get into a comfortable spot and pay attention to my splits. I knew it would be a gut check with five laps to go and then again with two laps to go and then again with one lap to go. I just pushed until I went past it."

The American also benefited from very fast company. The winner of the race was Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, who ran 14:28.88, the fastest time in the world this year.

If you're into breaking records but think a 14:42 5K might be a little brisk, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farrah just set the world record in the 100-meter sack race last Monday; 39.91 is the time to beat, should you feel up to the challenge.