High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

Abdi Abdirahman (3rd at the Olympic Trials), Ryan Hall (2nd) and Meb Keflezighi (1st) lead the U.S. men's marathon squad into battle on August 12. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Men’s Marathon

(2:15:00 / 2:18:00) – Final, Sunday, August 12
8 mile loop, multi-turn course
Olympic Record (2:06:32), Sammy Wanjiru, Kenya, Beijing 2008
World Record (2:03:38), Patrick Makau, Kenya, 2011
U.S. Record (2:05:38), Khalid Khannouchi, 2002

Last American gold medal (Frank Shorter, Munich 1972)
Last American medal (silver, Meb Keflezighi, Athens 2004)
TOTAL MEDALS = 10 (3 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze)

* Meb Keflezighi (Mammoth Lakes, CA), 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist; three-time Olympic team member
* Ryan Hall (Flagstaff, AZ), fastest U.S. marathoner (2:04:58 – 2011); two-time Olympic team member
* Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, AZ), four-time Olympic team member


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