Saturday, July 06, 2013


Half-miler runs at Diamond League meet

SAINT-DENIS, France – Stanford’s Justine Fedronic ran 2:00.97 in the 800 meters to break the school record at the Paris IAAF Diamond League track and field meet Saturday at Stade de France and achieve the World Championships ‘B’ standard.

Fedronic, a senior who has exhausted her outdoor eligibility but still has a season left in cross country and indoor track, broke teammate Amy Weissenbach’s mark of 2:00.98 set at the U.S. Championships on June 21 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fedronic finished ninth while crushing her personal record of 2:01.67 from her third-place finish at the NCAA Championships on June 7 in Eugene, Ore. It was a Stanford record before the freshman Weissenbach broke it two weeks later.

This is the first race for Fedronic since joining the French national team two weeks ago. She was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a French father and Hungarian mother and is a dual citizen of France and Hungary. She lived in a Paris suburb until age 6 when her father, a software engineer, relocated the family to Silicon Valley and eventually settled in Belmont, where Fedronic starred for Carlmont High School.

Wearing her Stanford uniform, Fedronic toed the line in lane one in an 11-runner field, racing for the first time since the NCAA’s. Included in the race were two 2012 Olympic finalists, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and U.S. champion Alysia Montano.

Coming through her 200 splits in about 28.5, 30, 30, and 32 seconds, Fedronic held the rail throughout the race. The pace was fast, with three under 1:58 and five under 2:00, but Fedronic never lost contact with the main pack. Niyonsaba won in 1:57.26, with Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui second in 1:57.64, and Montano third in 1:57.75.

Fedronic may have set herself up for a possible berth in the world championships, which will be held in Moscow, Russia, from Aug. 10-18. She is the only Frenchwomen to reach the ‘B’ standard and no others have run faster than 2:02.40.

She also is No. 18 on the European season list and No. 3 from western Europe. Fedronic, 22, will next run in the European Under-23 Championships in Tampere, Finland, on July 11-14.

For more information, contact:

David Kiefer
Assistant Athletic Communications Director


Anonymous said...

Needless to say great job Justine! Now if the time holds for her PAL/CCS class of 2009 will have 2 athletes at Worlds. Jenn Carey is in as part of Ireland's 4 x400m relay. Justine should be for France as well.
Coach Hunt

Anonymous said...

Mary Cain>

Rob Collins said...

Your Right Frank! It's Great To See Justine Have a Great Year! I talked to Her Back in April at Stanford and She was quite Happy with Her Running and the First time in quite awhile she hasn't been Injured she Mentioned. She Loves the Changes at Stanford and Miltenberg, Mention there is a whole another Level that she is capable of Going to in the Next few years! So this will be fun to watch!

Anonymous said...

How is it a record if she doesn't have any more eligibility? That's like setting a HS record after you graduated.

Anonymous said...

Not To Sure But she Might have Medical Due to Injuries in the Past! Next she is she Planning on running post Collegiate with Miltenberg!

Fedronic Fan said...

She still has Cross and Indoor Eligibility which is why it is a school record. Hope she makes it to Moscow.

Anonymous said...

She sets a track record because she has cross country eligibility? For a team she doesn't make their travel team? Odd.

Fedronic Fan said...

Doesn't make the travel team? She was #5 girl on the team that finished 3rd at NCAA Cross Country last fall. Do you pay attention or are you just one of those people that make rude comments when you don't know what you're talking about.

JGilkey said...

Congratulations Justine! We always knew you would be running with the best in the world. Justine, Jenn Carey, Diego Estrada and Shannon Rowbury at the Worlds plus Anna Maxwell representing the US at World Youths - pretty impressive showing by CCS runners! Hope this shows all you current CCS athletes what you can do if you go for it!

Anonymous said...

Well said Jeff!

Anonymous said...

Fedronic Fan,
Sorry, I missed her back in 150th place. My bad.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous 2:22pm must have a serious issue to be so negative.
Be happy for someone who is doing so well. She has certainly past the local stage now. of luck to Fedronic and the other CCS alum!

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