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2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon

January 14, 2012
Houston, TX

Desiree Davila, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher - ©
Desiree Davila, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher - 2012 Olympians

Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman - ©
Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman - 2012 Olympians

Two of the fastest races in Olympic Marathon Trials history took place on the same day Saturday in Houston as the six men and women who will represent Team USA in London earned their way on the squad. Shalane Flanagan set an Olympic Trials record of 2:25:38 in only her second marathon, while Meb Keflezighi earned his third Olympic berth by winning the Trials in a personal best time of 2:09:08. Flanagan led a Trials record five women under 2:30 while Meb led four men under 2:10 for the first time in Trials history.

Todayís race was the first time ever four men ran under 2:10 in the Olympic Trials. It was the first time five women ran under 2:30 in the Olympic Trials. The womenís top-three all have medaled in either New York, Boston or both. The menís top three also boast experience as the oldest Olympic bound trio Team USA has ever sent on the menís side with an average age of 33 and have a combined 9 Olympic appearances among them.

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