Competitors vying for a spot in the 2012 Olympics line up at the starting line prior to the men's U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.
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Competitors on the women's side start the 26.22-mile journey.
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Meb Keflezighi (left), Ryan Hall (center) and Abdi Abdirahman follow the marathon route along a highway in Houston, Texas.
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Meb Keflezighi sprints across the finish line to finish first in the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trial. At 36, Keflezighi is the oldest to ever win the trial.
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Meb Keflezighi celebrates after finishing first in the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trial. The victory qualified Keflezighi for his third Games.
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Colorado native Shalane Flanagan crosses the finish line to win the women's competition in an event-record time of 2:25.38. Flanagan won a bronze in the 10,000-meter event in Beijing in 2008, but this was only her second career marathon.
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Desiree Davila (left), Shalane Flanagan (center) and Kara Goucher pose with the American flag after all three qualified for the 2012 Games.
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After qualifying for the London Games, Ryan Hall (right), Abdi Abdirahman (back) and Meb Keflezighi share a celebratory moment. Hall and Abdirahman finished second and third respectively in the trial.
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A dejected Dathan Ritzenhein collapses to his knees after finishing fourth and narrowly missing a chance to compete in the 2012 Games.
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Abdi Abdirahman (left) and Meb Keflezighi celebrate in true Texas style after both qualified for the Olympic Games.
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