NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Meb Keflezighi of the USA celebrates as he crosses the finish line in six place in the Men's Division of the 42nd ING New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Houston Marathon Committee hosted the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon on Saturday. The top three finishers will represent the men and women on the 2012 United States Olympic team. The 26.2 mile race began at 8:00 a.m. ET for the men and 8:15 a.m. ET for the women. The start/finish line was at the Avenida de las Americas in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
For the men, 36-year old Meb Keflezighi ran his best marathon time ever to finish the race first and qualify for the 2012 Men's Olympic Marathon Team. Keflezighi with an unofficial time of 2:09:07 with favorite win the the race Ryan Hall coming in second finishing just under the 2:10 mark. Abdi Abdirahman rounded out the top three, also finishing the marathon in under 2:10, making all three qualifiers finish under the 2:10 mark for the first time in U.S. trials history and the first time in which all three men have done it in the same event. U.S. Half-Marathon champion Mo Trafeh fell back after about the Mile 15 mark and dropped out of the qualifying. Dathan Ritzenhein came in fourth place, potentially becoming the Men's alternate for the U.S. Men's team.
On the women's side, Shalane Flanagan came away on top winning the marathon and qualifying for the 2012 Women's Olympic team with a record time of 2:25:37. Desi Davila came in second place losing out to Flanagan for the sixth time in a race where the two women have gone against each other. Kara Goucher rounded out the top three and became the third qualifier for the team with Amy Hastings as the alternate.
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Which three men and three women marathon runners will represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics? We'll find out today.