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Team USA's Emma Bates, Sara Hall and Keira D'Amato pose for pictures after finishing the women's marathon at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 Monday, July 18, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.

Within three years of finishing college, Emma Bates was the best female marathoner in the United States. She won the national title in 2018 and was third at the half-marathon championships in 2019. She made her major marathon debut later that year, in Chicago, and finished fourth.

With the Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, Bates was well on her way to being the new face of U.S. distance running.