Olympic Trials Marathon Results 2012: Meb Keflezighi Wins, Sets Personal Record

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Meb Keflezighi #1 of the United States rests after earning sixth place in the men's division of the 41st ING New York City Marathon on November 7 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Meb Keflezighi, running his best marathon time ever, beat Ryan Hall to take the win at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston on Saturday with an unofficial time of 2:09:07. Hall finished second to join Meb in the 2012 London Olympics. Abdi Abdirahman finished third. This is the first U.S. Trials in history in which three men finished under 2:10, and according to Runner's World the first time since the 1983 Boston Marathon three men have gone under 2:10 in the same event.

Meb, 36, had never won the Trials before, but won silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athens with a 2:11:29. He set a personal record at 2:09:13 just two months ago in the 2011 NYC Marathon.

Dathan Ritzenhein, who finished No. 2 behind Hall in the 2008 Trials, finished fourth, falling off late before surging back to push Abdirahman. All four of the top runners finished under 2:10, unofficially. The men's runners began with a ridiculous pace, regularly popping off 4:50 and below miles in the first half on the way to a 1:03:25 split. But the lead pack began falling apart around Mile 15, where U.S. Half-Marathon champ Mo Trafeh fell back and dropped out.

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