New Training Mentality Paying Dividends
Ryan Hall entered London as the best chance for the U.S. men’s marathon team to earn a medal in an event recently dominated by runners from eastern Africa. Unfortunately for him, he experienced a tight hamstring on race day that ultimately forced him to drop out after sliding to as low as 50th place. Former American Abdi Abdirahman dropped out shortly afterwards, leaving only the 37 year-old and recently injured Meb Keflezighi in the field for the U.S.
Before the runners had even reached the halfway mark, it already seemed as if this year would be the same as every other in recent memory in the Olympic marathon.
Coming up empty in the men’s marathon is nothing new for the United States, as the team has only medaled once since Frank Shorter’s silver medal in 1976 and as recently as 2000 only qualified one runner for the marathon out of the allowed three. But, even with every bit of recent history and the fact that it was only 5 a.m., I still couldn’t leave the television, not after watching the incredible U.S. distance performances of the past week.