Davila, 28, steadily improved since placing 13th at the 2008 Olympic marathon trials. She went on to finish fifth at the 2008 Chicago Marathon and, last year, second at the Boston Marathon in the fastest American time ever in the event. Davila's Boston time -- 2:22:38 -- leads the field of 223 women vying for three Olympic spots in Houston on Saturday.
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Flanagan won bronze in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics. She didn't make her marathon debut until 2010, when she placed second in New York in 2:28:40. If Davila is the favorite, Flanagan may be her biggest competition in Houston.
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Like Flanagan, Goucher eyes an increase in distance from the Beijing Olympics, where she was ninth in the 5,000 and 10th in the 10,000. She became a mother in 2010 -- but still trained on the day she gave birth -- and returned to marathoning in 2011 with a personal-best 2:24:52 in Boston. Goucher owns the second-fastest qualifying time behind Davila.
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Magdalena Lewy Boulet
On paper, Lewy Boulet, 38, has the best chance of any 2008 Olympic women's marathoner to make the team again. Lewy Boulet did not finish the Beijing Olympic marathon due to a knee injury. She boasts the third-best qualifying time -- 2:26:22.
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Hall is an astonishingly heavy favorite to finish in the top three and secure a second straight Olympic marathon berth. LetsRun.com broke down just how big. Hall, who finished 10th at the 2008 Olympics, ran the fastest marathon ever by an American, 2:04.58, in Boston in 2011. He also helps actor Ryan Reynolds train.
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Keflezighi, 36, won an Olympic silver medal in 2004 and the New York City Marathon in 2009. Born in Eritrea, he's the only American to win an Olympic marathon medal since Frank Shorter in 1976. Don't let his age fool you; Keflezighi PR'd at the 2011 New York City Marathon, taking sixth in 2:09:13. It would be a mild surprise if he didn't finish in the top three.
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While Hall and Keflezighi have routinely gone sub-2:10, Ritzenhein's personal best is 2:10 flat. But, Ritzenhein was the top American finisher at the 2008 Olympics, finishing ninth -- 34 seconds better than Hall. After Beijing he moved to Eugene, Ore., to train under revered coach Alberto Salazar. He should be in the mix for the top three.
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Abdirahman, born in Somalia, is somewhat of an unknown. He's the only man in the field other than Hall or Keflezighi to run under 2:10, but he's only done it once. He's also a proven three-time Olympian, but not at 26.2 miles. He made those teams in the 10,000.
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