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Sport Set to return in New York City Marathon, Molly Seidel relives her 'pinnacle' Olympics experience

00:30  05 november  2021
00:30  05 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Seidel returned to her home in Flagstaff, Arizona, and began reorienting her life around training for the 50th-anniversary rendition of the iconic race through the Big Apple's five boroughs. Seidel runs the 2020 London Marathon . Richard Heathcote/Pool via AP. After a few weeks of "my normal life: get up, train, be Seidel will line up for her fourth-ever marathon at Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth Sunday, hoping to cross the finish line in Central Park ahead of some esteemed competitors. In New York , she 'll run alongside 2020 Olympic gold medalist Peres Jepchirchir and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Sally

The timing of the New York City Marathon is particularly advantageous for many who competed within the Tokyo Olympics , coming some 14 weeks after the Games. Seidel shall be joined by Jepchirchir and different formidable rivals like Des Linden, Emily Sisson, Ruti Aga, Laura Thweatt, Stephanie The marathon shall be Tuliamuk’s return to racing since she dropped out of the Olympic marathon at 20 kilometers, citing hip issues. She is on the highway to restoration and optimistic about her efficiency at this 12 months’s race, calling it a constructing block and a candy spot within the calendar for her .

The bronze medal Molly Seidel won three months ago in the women's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics sits in a box on her kitchen counter.

"I'll just look over and pick it up every so often," she told USA TODAY Sports last month from a downtown Flagstaff, Arizona cafe.

"It's really heavy," she added. "And I'll just be like, 'Holy (expletive), that happened.' "

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The race of her life to finish third. The chartered jet from Sapporo, Japan –- the northern city and site of the marathon to account for the summer heat – to Tokyo. International Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach handing Seidel a bronze medal during the closing ceremony that took place the day after her race to third. Her smiling so hard the muscles in her cheeks strained.

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Olympic bronze medallist Molly Seidel will make her New York City Marathon debut in November as part of a field that includes former Boston Marathon champion Des Linden, organisers said on Wednesday. Among those joining Seidel in New York in the professional athlete field will be 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials champion Aliphine Tuliamuk, former runner-up Sally Kipyego and two-times Olympian Linden. Kenyan-born American Tuliamuk gave birth to her daughter in January and returned to training in time to compete in Sapporo, where she dropped out of the marathon near the

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Molly Seidel won the bronze medal in women's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics. © Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports Molly Seidel won the bronze medal in women's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

Yes, it all happened for the self-described "girl who goes out and drinks beer and trains hard" is the same class as some of her favorite marathoners, some of whom she will compete against Sunday in the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon.

For Seidel, 27, it will be just her fourth 26.2-mile race against an elite field.

She circled this race as her post-Olympics return due to a number of factors. Logistically, it was the latest of all the "majors," giving her ample time to recover and ramp up following Tokyo.

"Frankly, it's really hard, bouncing back after a marathon," Seidel said. "Even the three-month turnaround is very hard."

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7 and the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 7," said Seidel , 27, who grew up in Wisconsin. "Winning the bronze medal in Sapporo showed that I can run with the best in the world, and on any given day, anything is possible." The 2020 NYC Marathon was canceled by the pandemic, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in June that the 2021 race would go on - albeit with a field limited to about 33,000 entrants, down from 55,000 in 2019. Tuliamuk, who was born in Kenya, won the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta four years after gaining American citizenship.

Olympics | Molly Seidel ran her third marathon , got bronze, and was honored at the closing ceremony. By Sunday night in Tokyo, she was being honored on an international stage as the medals were awarded at the Olympics ’ closing ceremony. It has long been tradition to award medals at the closing ceremony to the top finishers of the men’s marathon , one of the last events of any Summer Olympics .

That may sound like Seidel took a break in her training, but the hiatus lasted a mere 24 hours. But it took a few weeks for her to clear the mental hurdle of running 130 miles per week and said in mid-October she felt she was hitting her stride again.

Plus, the 50th anniversary of the race she's watched on television many times before appealed to her.

"I just couldn't pass that up," she said.

Prior to Tokyo, Seidel went through a year and a half of what she called the best training in her life. The results showed with a 2:27:26 race and a podium appearance inside Olympic Stadium.

"Straight up, I was about to start crying," Seidel said. "That was pretty much what you dream of. That was the pinnacle of what an Olympics experience could be.

"We thought it was going to be some small thing on the front or back end and not actually during the ceremony. So when they were like 'you're going in the middle of it,' that was pretty cool."

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The TCS New York City Marathon is back live for its 50th anniversary on Sunday after 2020's virtual run, with participants raring to cross the blue finish line painted inside Central Park. "Coming out of such a pause in life, very similar to what we experienced in '01 after 9/11 was the shot in the arm that the city needed, that sense of life and energy the city needed, a connection and togetherness that the city needed," said Ted Metellus, race director at New York Road Runners, which operates the event.

Molly Seidel (right) took bronze behind Kenyans Peres Jepchirchir (centre, gold) and Brigid Kosgei (left, silver). Tokyo Olympic Games on the BBC. Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8. Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website When a star-struck Molly Seidel lined up at the Olympics for what was only her third marathon , her goal was to leave her rivals wondering 'who is this girl?' They certainly know now after she took a surprise bronze medal.

Podium aspirations in mind, Seidel said the plan is to be competitive in New York. However, she realizes she put all of her chips in the middle -- and cashed them -- in Japan.

"I want to go out and race hard, but also know 'OK, I'm going to be tired mentally and physically,' " Seidel said. "So I'm going to make the most of what I got and I'm definitely not going to phone it in."

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