— Calum Neff (@CalNeff) February 13, 2016
Amy Cragg, Desiree Linden and Shalane Flanagan, all three pre-race favourites, qualified for the U.S. Olympic marathon team on Saturday in Los Angeles by finishing in the top-three at the U.S. Trials.
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Cragg and Flanagan led for the majority of the race before Cragg made a move with less than 5K to go to take the victory. Flanagan faded in the end to finish third while Linden ran the 42.2K race strategically to finish second after sitting back in the pack for the first half of the race.
Only the top three women earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in Rio. Kara Goucher finished fourth in her bid to make her third Olympic team.
1st: Amy Cragg
2nd: Desi Linden
3rd: Shalane Flanagan
4th: Kara Goucher#LA2016 (Top-3 make the team)
— CanadianRunning (@CanadianRunning) February 13, 2016
Cragg (nee Hastings) finished fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 and just missed qualifying for the marathon team in London. Today proved to be redemption (though she raced in London in the 10,000m).
— Scott Bush (@scottybush) February 13, 2016
Flanagan, the 10,000m U.S. record holder, has qualified for every senior national team (track, road, cross-country) that she has tried out for. She won a bronze medal in the women’s 10,000m at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Cover photo: Calum Neff.