Shalane Flanagan beat Desi Davila to claim first place in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston at Saturday, finishing in a Trials record 2:25:37. Kara Goucher finished a close third to make the team. Davila drew heaps of attention in the 2011 Boston Marathon, finished second place by just two seconds at 2:22:38, the fastest women's finish in Boston history. But Flanagan is has now beaten Davila all six times the pair have raced against each other.
The three will compete at the 2012 London Olympics in August. It'll be an Olympic debut in the marathon for all three, though Shalane won the bronzed at the 10K in 2008. Goucher finished 10th in that race. Houston was just Flanagan's second marathon ever; she finished the 2010 NYC Marathon in 2:28.
Amy Hastings ran a great race, bounding back to the front every time she fell off the pace until she had no juice left. Deena Kastor also hung for a long while, but dropped back late.