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Flagstaff’s Molly Seidel Takes Bronze In The Women’s Olympic Marathon In Japan, Grijalva 12th In The Men’s 5,000-Meters

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It was a great day for Flagstaff long distance runners at the Summer Olympics in Japan. Flagstaff runner Molly Seidel won the bronze medal for the United States in Friday’s Women’s Olympic Marathon in Japan. She won the bronze in her third-ever marathon with a time of two-hours, 27-minutes and 46-seconds. Seidel stayed in the lead pack from start to finish and finished in third, behind a pair of Kenyan runners. Seidel moved to Flagstaff from Milwaukee in January to train in altitude to prepare for the Summer Games. She qualified to be on the U.S. team last year by finishing second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. She’s is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ran collegiat3ly at Notre Dame where she won four national championships. The Flagstaff ties started early Friday morning however, with former NAU runner Luis Grijalva. He finished 12th in the men’s 5,000-meter final. Grijalva set a new personal mark and a new Guatemalan record of 13-minutes-10.19 seconds.