Track Beauty of the Week: Gabrielle Anderson

Gabrielle Anderson is this week’s track beauty!

Anderson finished 7th in the 1500m run at the 2010 U.S. Outdoor Championships. With a personal best of 4:06.46 in the 1500m, Anderson is amongst the elite of her event.

The American middle distance runner stands out from her peers because she is a cancer-survivor – not once, but twice. In March 2009, she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma. Gabrielle went under the knife to remove the cancerous growth. She also underwent weeks of radiation therapy, foregoing her fifth year of eligibility in the NCAA.

Read the Universal Sports feature on Gabrielle Anderson

In light of these uniquely unorthodox circumstances, the NCAA allowed her to compete next season. Anderson did not disappoint, lodging twin silver medals in the 800m and the 1500m. In September 2010, Anderson finished in 13th place at the prestigious 5th Avenue Mile – barely two years after learning she has cancer.

In 2011, Anderson ran a lifetime best of 4:06.77  in London. She shaved off three-hundredths of a second from her 2011 best last May 2011 (4:06.46). Coming into the cutthroat U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Gabrielle is ranked fifth among all entries.

Read: Gabrielle Anderson Dreaming Big”

Updates on Gabrielle’s campaign to follow. The semis and finals are scheduled on 29 June and 1 July. Click this link for the event schedules.

Read: “Former Gopher Gabriele Anderson emboldened by cancer surgeries”

Regardless of the outcome of the Olympic Trials, one thing is for sure: Gabrielle Anderson is an inspiration. The mere fact that she was able return to the sport faster, stronger, and a lot better – considering her illness – is a remarkable story in itself.

Godspeed, Gabrielle!

Additional Links:

All-Athletics Profile

IAAF Biography

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