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Shalane Flanagan: 'My Passion For The Marathon Is Very Strong After Today'

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↵↵Shalane Flanagan, the Marblehead High School graduate who finished second in Sunday's 2010 ING New York City Marathon, her first ever attempt at the 26.2-mile distance, spoke on her accomplishment following the race, saying it was very much a team effort. 

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"My team really prepared me for this moment and this stage to seize and opportunity that was out there," Flanagan said. "I stayed calm and collected. I tried to stay with the women for as long as I could. It came down to who had the legs and the heart. I couldn't be more pleased in my first marathon, really.

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"Having a win is the ultimate goal. As soon as I finished second, I thought about what I could have done to finish first ... My passion for the marathon is very strong after today."

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Flanagan will certainly be a favorite in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. For her effort in New York, she won $110,000.