“We talked about, ‘Hey, let’s be on the team,” Keflezighi said.
The 29-year-old Hall won the 2008 marathon trial in a record 2:09.02. He was back in one of his favorite cities to run, where he won the 2007 U.S. Half Marathon championship in an American record time of 59:43.
“Today was a lot of fun,” Hall said. “I accomplished my goal, which was to be completely who God made me to be out there.”
The 33-year-old Abdirahman will compete in his fourth Olympics. He qualified in the 10,000 meters in the previous three games.
Dathan Ritzenheim, second to Hall in 2008, crumpled to his knees and cried as he finished fourth.
The 28-year-old Davila, the runner-up in Boston last year, finished in 2:25.55. She’ll make her Olympics debut. She had the front-running Flanagan in her sights down the stretch, but decided to ease off and secure second place.
“Going into the last mile, it was kind of this internal conflict where I really wanted to make a push,” Davila said. “It was kind of like, ‘Should I push again, or protect this spot?’ I went back and forth on it, and my calves were cramping up and tight. Ultimately, it was like, ‘Finish it off and get the job done.’”
The weather was ideal, with the races starting under a clear sky and a temperature of 40 degrees.
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