LONDON (CBS) – Torrential downpours on the Olympic marathon course in London didn’t stop Marblehead resident Shalane Flanagan from finishing strong.
She placed 10th with a time of 2:25:58 for the 26.2-mile course, which falls just short of her personal best by 13 seconds.
Her teammate Kara Goucher finished about a second behind Flanagan, placing 11th with a time of 2:26:07, just over her personal best of 2:24:52, set at the Boston Marathon in 2011.
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The third American to compete, Desiree Davila dropped out of the race after 2.2 miles due to a hip injury.
Davila holds the American record for the Boston Marathon course made in 2011, with a time of 2:22:38 and was considered a potential medal winner.
Davila will have a chance to recover from this setback as she and the other two women have confirmed entries in the upcoming 2013 Boston Marathon.
The rainy course also didn’t deter thousands of spectators, many of whom were not able to purchase other Olympic event tickets.
The course passed by some key London landmarks like Big Ben and St. Paul ’s Cathedral, giving visiting spectators the opportunity to sight-see and enjoy the race simultaneously.
“It’s just the Olympics, I mean we traveled all this way it’s like the trip of a lifetime to come across and watch the Olympics,” said one spectator from Buffalo , NY .