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Athlete Spotlight: Ryan Hall

By Paul D. Bowker | April 24, 2012, 12:30 a.m. (ET)

Ryan Hall, who made his Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008, is back and qualified on the U.S. Olympic marathon team in 2012 after finishing runner-up at the 2012 Olympic Trials to 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi.

A three-time NCAA cross country All-American at Stanford University, Hall is the American record-holder in the marathon (2:04.58), half marathon (59:43) and 20 kilometers (57:54). Hall’s time of 2:09.02 in the 2008 Olympic Trials marathon set a U.S. Olympic Trials record, and he went on to finish 10th at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Among his other championships are the U.S. half marathon in 2007, the U.S. 12K in 2006 and the NCAA 5,000 meters in 2005. He finished third once and fourth twice in the Boston Marathon.

Bet you didn’t know this: Ryan and his wife, distance runner Sara (Bei) Hall, helped raise nearly $1 million in the 2008 campaign “More Precious than Gold,” which brought clean water and irrigation systems to poor communities in Zambia.

Claim to fame: Hall’s time of 2:04.58 in the 2011 Boston Marathon was the fastest marathon ever run by an American. He finished fourth in the race. However, the Boston Marathon course was not eligible for internationally-recognized records.

Born: 1982
Sport: Marathon

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