Olympic Marathon 2012: US Men Took Long Journeys to Reach London Games

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Olympic Marathon 2012: US Men Took Long Journeys to Reach London Games
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On Sunday—the final day of the 2012 Summer Olympics—the men's marathon will take place and the USA has some impressive contenders.

Ryan Hall, Abdihakem Abdirahman, and Mebrahtom Keflezighi all have a legitimate shot to medal and if all goes well, a podium sweep isn't out of the question either. Also, each have a unique story that deserves much recognition.

Ironically the marathon is a grueling race that lasts two-plus hours, and all three Americans competing in London didn't just wake up one day and decide to run 26.2 miles.

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