Conner Mantz and Fiona O’Keeffe, who was competing in her first marathon, won the US Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Orlando, securing their spots in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris with impressive displays of skill.
The women’s competition unfolded with gripping suspense as O’Keeffe executed a daring break over seven miles from the finish, ultimately dominating the field and completing the race in 2:22:10 with a commanding lead of over half a minute. The pack of 12 women, which included notable contenders such as Emily Sisson and Sara Hall, witnessed O’Keeffe’s strategic move at the 19-mile mark, securing her triumphant debut in the marathon realm. Sisson claimed the second spot in 2:22:42, with Dakotah Lindwurm securing third place in 2:25:31. All three athletes earned their places in the Paris Olympics.
The men’s competition unfolded with intensity as Mantz and Clayton Young collaborated in the final stages to overtake the long-time leader Zachery Panning. Their synchronized effort propelled them ahead, and Mantz claimed victory in 2:09:05, with Young securing his Olympic selection in 2:09:06, just one second behind. Leonard Korir secured third place in 2:09:57, crossing the finish line ahead of Elkanah Kibet.
The races showcased exceptional strategy and determination, solidifying Mantz and O’Keeffe as formidable contenders for the upcoming Paris Olympics.