Helena distance runner Heather Lieberg places 41st at Olympic marathon trials

Helena distance runner Heather Lieberg places 41st at Olympic marathon trials

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Heather Lieberg makes her way along the course during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Atlanta.

Helena's Heather Lieberg placed 41st at the U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials on Saturday in Atlanta. Lieberg, 40, posted a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 47 seconds, which placed her 205th overall in the combined men's and women's field of 652.

The top three women's finishers - Aliphine Tuliamuk (2:27:23), Molly Seidel (2:27:31) and Sally Kipyego (2:28:52) -- qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer.

"It was the hilliest course ever and the wind gusts were terrible. But I'm happy to have finished," said Lieberg in a text message from Georgia, after her second Olympic Trials appearance. "I've only been running for five weeks because I've had a hip/back injury, so I was really hesitant to even come.

"Definitely wasn't trained for the course, but I enjoyed the experience and the crowd."

Lieberg, who was the IR's 2015 Female Athlete of the Year, placed 16th at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Los Angeles. She is a 10-time Governor's Cup champion, and holds the GC records in the marathon, half marathon and 10K.

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