Chanman's Blog


We Have An Olympian!

Posted in Report From the Road,USA Track & FIeld by Andy Chan on July 7, 2008
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Probably most of you have heard by now, but if not, Shannon’s an
Olympian. Malinda and I just got back from a night of celebrating.
I got a heroes welcome at the local pub where some of my peer coaches
were just in awe of what happened. Then we went to a dinner
organized by Shannon’s mom. One of the highlights there was getting
to really sit down and talk to Shannon’s coach, John Cook.

Anyway, Shannon’s win was in pretty dominating fashion. The pace was
slow early, which was shocking since most of the field needed to get
the Olympic A standard to even have a chance. When Shannon pulled
away with 600 meters to go she looked great. At 500 meters to go I
was pretty certain that it was not going to be a super fast race
(i.e. no new A standard athletes). It was also then that I noticed
that Treniere Clement was in last place. I excitedly told Malinda
that she’s good….there’s no way she won’t make the team pretty
much. But to make sure, Shannon ran a 61 last lap to win by 3
seconds at 4:05. Thanks to everyone who called/sent me text messages
after the race. It was fun.

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