Ben Flana­gan wins 10,000m at NCAA Cham­pi­onships

Canadian Running - - THE WARM-UP -

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.

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