Ten American Runners to Watch in 2013

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jan. 7, 2013
Duane Solomon celebrates making his first Olympic team. Photo:

Duane Solomon

Solomon, 28, went into last summer’s 800m final at U.S. Olympic Trials as an underdog to make the Olympic team. The Saucony-sonsored athlete left with a third-place finish, a new personal best of 1:44.65, and a ticket to London. In the Olympic final, Solomon shattered his own personal best, along with everyone’s expectations in what was the fastest race in history, with a fourth-place, 1:42.82 finish that made him the second-fastest American ever behind his coach, the legendary Johnny Gray. Continued success in 2013 will not come as a surprise to Solomon, or anyone standing next to him on the starting line.

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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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