Shelby Houlihan is having a career year

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Sioux City, Iowa’s Shelby Houlihan is having a career year with a slew of new personal bests and an American record to her credit. She doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

She earned national titles in the 1500-metre and 5,000-metre distances earlier this year. Most recently, the 25-year-old took down the national 5,000-metre record with her performance at Heusden, Belgium. She finished first in the time of 14:34.45. She bettered Shannon Rowbury’s national record of 14:38.92 by more than four seconds. She won the race by 25 seconds over Molly Huddle.

Houlihan’s previous best was 15:00.37. It was her first track race as a professional, and she did not disappoint.

She is a four-time national and NCAA champion and four-time national indoor champion.

She has won two other Diamond League meet this year in Lausanne and Eugene in the 1500-metre distance. The Lausanne race got her a new lifetime best at 3:57.34.

The world record for the 1500-metres is currently held by Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba at 3:50.07 from the Hercules meet in 2015, while the 5,000-metre world record is 14:11.15 and is held by her sister Tirunesh Dibaba from the 2008 Bislett Games.

1 208 1188 HOULIHAN SHELBY USA Sen 14:34.45
2 207 1189 HUDDLE MOLLY USA Sen 15:01.44
3 205 1198 SCHWEIZER KARRISSA USA Sen 15:02.44
4 202 1199 SCOTT DOMINIQUE RSA Sen 15:04.14
5 209 1186 HILLS MADELINE AUS Sen 15:06.19
6 203 1185 HALL MARIELLA USA Sen 15:08.20
7 206 1184 FRASER VANESSA USA Sen 15:09.62
8 107 1197 PAGANO SARAH USA Sen 15:11.27
9 118 1201 SISSON EMILY USA Sen 15:13.66
10 104 1205 VASTENBURG JIP NED Sen 15:15.77
11 117 1200 SECCAFIEN ANDREA AUS Sen 15:20.31
12 102 1183 FOUGBERG CHARLOTTA SWE Sen 15:23.80
13 204 1181 DUNCAN MELISSA CAN Sen 15:24.64
14 116 1196 O’CONNELL JESSICA CAN Sen 15:25.29
15 201 1178 BERHE MESELU ETH Sen 15:32.40
16 115 1179 BUSCOMB CAMILLE NZL Sen 15:32.58
17 108 1180 CARTON LOUISE BEL Sen 15:33.25
18 114 1194 MATSUZAKI RIKO JPN Sen 15:37.77
19 111 1190 ICHIYAMA MAO JPN Sen 15:45.56
20 106 1203 TSUTSUI SAKIHO JPN Sen 15:49.19
21 119 1204 VAN DER WIELEN LAHTI SARAH SWE Sen 15:50.89
22 105 1207 ZHANDAROVA VALERIYA GEO Sen 15:59.07
23 113 1195 MORITA KAORI JPN Sen 16:06.96