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Marathon News Service

College Stars from U.S. Trials Look Ahead

August 10, 2012 at 10:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Ryan Hill already knows what will be going through his mind as he watches the men’s 5000-meter Olympic final on Saturday.

“I won’t be able to help watching Lopez Lomong and thinking I was only three seconds behind him,” wrote Hill in an e-mail from Europe, where the North Carolina State rising senior competed in several meets after he finished fifth in 13:27.49, the top collegian at the distance in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Tiki Gelana Sets Olympic Marathon Record

August 05, 2012 at 07:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

If it’s true that “it takes a village to raise a child” and you’re a child who dreams of an Olympic gold medal, Bekoji is the village you want to be from.

On Sunday, Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana won the women’s Olympic Marathon in an Olympic record 2:23:07 to become the fifth distance-running gold medalist from Bekoji, a town of about 17,000, following in the rapid footsteps of Derartu Tulu, Fatuma Roba, Kenenisa Bekele, and Tirunesh Dibaba.

“Fatuma Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Julia Lucas on Roads to Recovery

August 07, 2012 at 11:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Julia Lucas expected to be in London, preparing for her 5000-meter race in the Olympic Stadium in the glare of the world’s spotlight. Had things been just .04 of a second different, she would have been.  Instead, the 28-year-old who lives and trains in Eugene, OR, was getting ready to run on the quiet roads along the rocky Maine coastline in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K.

“I wanted the summer to be about remembering just Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Manzano Wins 1500-Meter Silver for U.S.

August 07, 2012 at 06:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

With British mile legends Sebastian Coe and Sir Roger Bannister looking on, 24-year-old Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria became the 2012 Olympic gold medalist at 1500 meters on Tuesday when he stormed ahead in the final 300 meters to win in 3:34.08.

Storming up behind him on the homestretch was Leo Manzano of the United States to earn silver in 3:34.79, bringing home the first 1500-meter Olympic medal for the U.S. since Jim Ryun’s silver in 1968. Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Dibaba Greatest Ever? Not So Fast

August 08, 2012 at 11:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

If winning her second consecutive Olympic title at 10,000 meters last week has not already made Tirunesh Dibaba the greatest female distance runner in history, will successfully defending her 5000-meter gold medal on Friday settle the debate?

Since women began running 10,000 meters in the Olympics in 1988 and 5000 meters in 1992, no woman had defended her Olympic title at either distance until Dibaba crushed the field on the last lap earlier in these Games. Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

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