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The only predictable element of a marathon is the 26.2 mile distance.
Written by: Sabrina Grotewold
If predicting an Olympic marathon team were as simple as judging athletes based on their previous performances and what they’ve revealed to the media about their training and health leading up to the the Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Houston, then the 2012 women’s team would likely be: Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila and—after a battle among veterans—either Deena Kastor or Magdalena Lewy Boulet. However, the only predictable element of a marathon is the 26.2 mile distance. The talent in the women’s race stretches pretty deep, and this warrants a synopsis of the top contenders to get a holistic look at who could vie for the top three.