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High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM UTC
Shalane Flanagan leads teammates Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher in the women's marathon. The U.S. brings a strong team to the starting line on August 5, although Davila has been struggling with a hip injury. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Women’s Marathon

(2:37:00 / 2:43:00) – Final, Sunday, August 5
8 mile loop, multi-turn course
Olympic Record (2:23:14), Naoko Takahashi, Japan, Sydney 2000
World Record (2:15:25), Paula Radcliffe, Great Britain, 2003
U.S. Record (2:19:36), Deena Kastor, 2006

Last American gold medal (Joan Benoit, Los Angeles 1984)
Last American medal (bronze, Deena Kastor, Athens 2004)
TOTAL MEDALS = 2 (1 gold and 1 bronze)

* Shalane Flanagan (Portland, OR), 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials champion; 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist
* Desiree Davila (Rochester Hills, MI), 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up
* Kara Goucher (Portland, OR), 2008 Olympian 5000m / 10,000m; 2007 World Championships 10,000m bronze medalist

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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