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Ryan Hall is 2nd to Meb Keflezighi at Olympic marathon trials

January 14, 2012 |  1:10 pm

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Ryan Hall claimed one of three spots on the U.S. men's team when he finished second to Meb Keflezighi at the Olympic trials Saturday morning in Houston.

Keflezighi, a 36-year-old who won silver in the 2004 Athens Games, won the event in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 8 seconds. Hall was second in 2:09.30 while Abdi Abdirahman finished third in 2:09.42.

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 New York Marathon, which he did in 2009, and the American Olympic trials.

Hall, a 29-year-old originally from Big Bear, won the 2008 marathon trials in a record 2:09.02. It was in Houston in 2007 when he won the 2007 U.S. Half Marathon in an American record time of 59:43. Abdirahman, 33, will compete in his fourth Olympics after three previous appearances in the 10,000 meters.

Flanagan, 30, set a trials record for women by finishing in 2:25.38. Her only other marathon was a runner-up finish in the 2010 New York Marathon. Davila, a 28-year-old who was second in the Boston Marathon last year, will make her Olympic debut after finishing in 2:25.55.

Goucher, a 33-year-old who trains with Flanagan in Oregon, finished in 2:26.06. She'll compete in her second Olympics after racing in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in 2008.

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Photo: Ryan Hall, right, embraces fellow Olympic qualifiers Zeb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman after finishing the U.S. trials on Saturday in Houston. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

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