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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
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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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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