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#38 – Qualify for the Olympic Games

3 November 2007

 

Brian Sell approaching the finish line to clinch his Olympic berth.  Photo: NBC Sports The U.S. Olympic Trials were held in New York City’s Central Park earlier this morning and the results are in:

1st – Ryan Hall – 2:09:02

2nd – Dathan Ritzenhein – 2:11:07

3rd – Brian Sell – 2:11:40

All three of those guys have made the U.S Olympic team for the marathon. Congratulations! TV coverage of the marathon trials can be seen on NBC today at 2pm Eastern.

As a fellow Michigan runner, it’s great to see that two of those top three runners have Michigan connections: Ritzenhein grew up in nearby Rockford, Michigan and Sell trains in Rochester, Michigan as part of the fascinating Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.

Update:

The news wasn’t all good for Michigan runners. Ryan Shay, a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, collapsed early in the race and died. How awful. He had just been married on 7/7/07 this summer.

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One comment

  1. […] He was so fast that my camera’s auto focus missed its target! Sell finished third at the USA Olympic Marathon Trials and will compete at the 2008 Beijing […]



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