Galen Rupp wins debut, Meb Keflezighi makes fourth U.S. Olympic team

Galen Rupp won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Los Angeles racing his 42.2K debut while Meb Keflezighi made his fourth Olympic team.

U.S. Olympic team

Galen Rupp, running his first ever marathon, and Meb Keflezighi, 40, running his 23rd marathon, took the top two spots at the U.S. Marathon Trials in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and qualified for the Olympics in Rio.

Women’s race report.

Jared Ward finished third and also qualified for the U.S. Olympic marathon team; Luke Puskedra was fourth.

“It was a bit of change running the marathon,” Rupp told NBC following the race adding that the 10,000m, marathon double is “definitely possible.”

Despite it being Rupp’s first ever marathon, he made a significant move around the 35K mark and never looked back as Keflezighi held on for the rest of the race. Keflezighi will be making his fourth Olympic team, 12 years after winning a silver medal in the marathon at the Athens Olympics.

Top-five results

1 Galen Rupp 2:11:12
2 Meb Keflezighi 2:12:20
3 Jared Ward 2:13:00
4 Luke Puskedra 2:14:12
5 Tyler Pennel 2:14:57

Full results.