Flanagan is the point woman in the deepest American field assembled this century. She will be challenged by Desiree Davila-Linden, who finished second at Boston in 2011 in one of the closest races in history, and Amy Hastings Cragg, the hottest American marathon prospect. Hastings Cragg will be maki
Likewise, top American women Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher, who were second and fifth last year in Boston, have qualified for the US Olympic team and are not listed in the womens elite field for this years Boston Marathon.
Date: Feb 09, 2012
US Olympic Marathon Trials: Meb Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan win races ...
marathon record holder Ryan Hall, who led for most of the mens race, finished second in 2:09:30 and Abdi Abdirahman, a three-time Olympian, claimed third in 2:09:47 to secure the other two mens Olympic slots. Desiree Davila (2:25.55), the 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up, and Kara Goucher (2:26:06)
Date: Jan 15, 2012
Ryan Hall is 2nd to Meb Keflezighi at Olympic marathon trials
Shalane Flanagan won the women's trials and will be joined on the U.S. team by runner-up Desiree Davila and third-place Kara Goucher. Keflezighi, who missed three weeks of training with an infection in his left foot, became the oldest winner of the U.S. trials as well as the first runner to win the
Date: Jan 14, 2012
Meb Keflezighi wins Olympic marathon trials; Ryan Hall 2nd
Desiree Davila, who finished second in Boston last April with a blistering time of 2:22:38, was favored but finished second to Shalane Flanagan, whose winning time of 2:25:38 was a personal record by more than three minutes.
Most prognosticators think the top three in Houston will come from a quintet that includes two runners-up in major marathons in the past 18 months -- Desiree Davila (Boston, 2011) and Shalane Flanagan (New York, 2010) -- Kastor and past Olympians Kara Goucher and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet. Amy Hastings,
hannouchi's American standard, but Hall didn't get credit for a record either. On the women's side, Desiree Davila's second-place 2:22:38 effort in Boston that day wasn't as fast as Kastor's 2:19:36, but it's among the times being passed over to hand the record back to Benoit (who is now Benoit Samuelson).
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