Ben Flanagan wins 10,000m at NCAA Championships
Ben Flanagan, 23, of Kitchener, Ont., won the ncaa 10,000m in June. The University of Michigan grad student shaved 43 seconds off of his personal best to take the title. Flanagan passed the University of Alabama’s Vincent Kiprop in the last 60 metres of the race. Kiprop’s personal best was 35 seconds ahead of Flanagan’s heading into the race. Flanagan won in a time of 28:34.53.
After crossing the finish line, Flanagan clasped his forehead in disbelief and shouted “where’s my mom?” His post-race reaction, caught on camera, was a hit in the North American track community. Flanagan currently lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he’s finishing his dual master’s degree in social work and information science.