Ryan Hall broke the men’s marathon olympic trials record by over a minute in his dominating win over the rest of the field this morning. He ran 2:09:02, beating Dathan Ritzenhein by 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Brian Sell was another half minute back, securing a position on the Olympic team with a 2:11:07. That is over 3 minutes faster than his previous best.
The pack ran together for 17 miles, when Ryan Hall broke out with a 4:32 18th mile. Nobody in the race even came close to him after that. Dan Brown was running in 3rd place for a long time, but some cramping in his calves caused him to drop back. Khalid Khannouchi finished in 4th place to secure the alternate spot on the team.
I was a little disappointed with the streaming video of the race. It took me until after 9:00 before I could convince the website that I was trying to watch the race from the United States, so I only got to watch the last 8 miles or so. I am looking forward to the race highlights on NBC at 2:00 this afternoon so that I can see what happened in the early miles.
Update: My condolences to the family of Ryan Shay, a former Notre Dame runner who collapsed half an hour into the race and was dead on arrival at Lenox Hill Hospital. (Read more at NBC Olympics)
New England Runners:
- 07. Nate Jenkins, Lowell, MA, 2:14:56
- 19. Matt Pelletier, Warwick RI, 2:17:17
- 28. Patrick Moulton, Rochester MI (formerly of Pelham NH), 2:18:35
- 54. Steve Meinelt, Winchester MA, 2:22:40
- 61. Terrance Shea, Cambridge MA, 2:23:44
- 83. Casey Moulton, Pelham NH, 2:28:29
The full results are now available online at: USATF Olympic Marathon Trials Results