Lauren Fleshman Sets School Record at World Championships

Aug. 26, 2003

Paris, France - Stanford's Lauren Fleshman concluded her 2003 track & field season by setting a school record in the 5,000 meters on Tuesday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

Fleshman, the three-time NCAA 5,000 meter champion, finished eleventh in her preliminary heat in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:12.71. Fleshman's time bested her previous school record time of 15:15.48 earlier this summer at the Norwich Union Grand Prix Meet in London.

'I got back in the front pack and tried to hang on as long as possible,' said Fleshman. 'This gives me a preview of what it's going to be like in future years. It was a good test of what kind of fitness I have at this time of the year. I was pleased that I closed strong the last 200 meters. France has been great, and the U.S. team treats us really well.'

Two heats of the women's 5,000 meters were held at the World Championships with 15 runners advancing to the finals. Fleshman's time was 22nd best among 31 runners. That is remarkable considering the recently graduated Stanford senior was competing against the best runners in the world.

Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey turned in the best time in Fleshman's heat at 15:54.95. Masai Edith of Kenya had the best time in the two heats at 14:45.35.

Fleshman finished her Stanford career as a 14-time All-American and five-time NCAA champion.

IAAF World Track & Field Championships - 5,000 meters prelims
Heat 1 - 15 runners

1. Edith Masai, Ken 14:45.35q
2. Tirunesh Dibaba, Eth 14:45.96q
3. Yingjie Sun, Chn 14:46.73q
4. Marta Dominguez, Esp 14:48.33q
5. Zahra Ouaziz, Mar 14:52.66q
6. Guinara Samitova, Rus 14:58.88q
7. Emilie Mondor, Can 14:59.68q
8. Jane Wanjiku, Ken 15:04.00
9. Meseret Defar, Eth 15:11.72
10. Olga Yegorova, Rus 15:12.41
11. Kayoko Fukushi, Jpn 15:16.53
12. Souad Air Salem, Alg 15:34.64
13. Catherine Chikwakwa, Maw 15:40.10
14. Simret Sultan, Eri 16:09.48
15. Ines Melchor, Per 17:17.90

Heat 2 - 16 runners
1. Elvan Abeylegesse, Tur 14:54.95q
2. Sonia O'Sullivan, Irl 14:55.50q
3. Berhane Adere, Eth 14:56.01q
4. Isabella Ochichi, Ken 14:56.63q
5. Yelena Zadorozhnaya, Rus 14:56.70q
6. Gabriela Szabo, Rom 14:56.70q
7. Zhor El Kamch, Mar 15:00.61q
8. Courtney Babcock, Can 15:01.48q
9. Irina Mikitenko, Ger 15:06.97
10. Restituta Joseph, Tan 15:10.54
11. Lauren Fleshman, USA 15:12.71
12. Huina Xing, Chn 15:13.50
13. Hristomia Oakovou, Gre 15:44.90
14. Susanne Pumper, Aut 15:53.52
15. Docus Inzikuru, Uga 16:00.99
16. Claber Lilian Argereta, Hon 20:17.90

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