Johanna Gretschel | January 21, 2018
Molly Huddle broke the American record for half marathon by clocking 1:07:25 over 13.1 miles at the 2018 Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday morning.
The 33-year-old had previously run 1:07:41 in 2016, the second-fastest mark in U.S. history behind Deena Kastor, whose 1:07:34 has stood as the standard for American women since 2006.
Huddle's splits unofficially broke the U.S. records for 10 miles and 20K in 50:52 and 1:03:48, respectively.
The pre-race hype surrounding the event focused on a showdown between Huddle, a two-time Olympian who holds the American record for 10K, and 26-year-old Jordan Hasay, a former high school track phenom who turned out to be a precocious marathon talent in her debut last year.
But in pre-meet interviews, a difference in countenance emerged between the two athletes as Huddle seemed keen on breaking the record, just seven seconds faster than her best, while Hasay regarded the half as simply a tune-up for her big goal this spring — the Boston Marathon in April, where Huddle will also compete.
So from the start, Huddle put herself in the main pack while Hasay hung back and ran her own race, ultimately finishing eighth — one place behind Huddle's seventh-place finish — with a time of 68:34, two seconds faster than her run here last year and 43 seconds off her best time from Prague.