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Samuelson Comes Up Short In Trials Bid

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 10, 2010

Former Olympic gold medalist sets a 50-54 U.S. age-group record at Chicago Marathon.

She fell short in her Olympic Trials Marathon qualifying attempt at Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but 53-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson showed that she still has some life left in her ageless legs, finishing 43rd in the women’s race in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 50 seconds, a 50-54 U.S. age-group record.

Needing to run under the “B” standard of 2:46 to qualify for the Trials race to be held in Houston on January 14, 2012, Samuelson went through halfway in a quick 1:21:09 before fading over the second half of the race. When asked afterward if it was part of her pre-race plan to put some time in the bank, Samuelson answered in her typical candid, competitive fashion.

“It wasn’t a smart race, but it was my race and that’s the way I had to do it today,” Samuelson told Joe Battaglia of Universal Sports.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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