Tony Jones | August 15, 2016
University of Notre Dame track & field alumna Molly Huddle ('06) set a new American record time in the 10,000-meter run during the fastest ever heat in the distance on the opening day of track competition Friday at the 2016 Olympics.
Huddle crossed the finish line in 30:13.17 to place sixth in the 10,000m final, blowing well past her winning time of 31:41.62 in July at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The previous top U.S. time in the event, a 30:22.22 effort by Shalane Flanagan, occurred at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Huddle made her second career Olympic appearance in Rio de Janeiro after placing 11th (15:20.29) in the 5,000m at the 2012 London Games. She had also qualified for the 5K in Rio after finishing as a double champion at the U.S. Olympic Trials (15:05.01), but chose to focus on the 10K at the Rio Games.