In his debut marathon, Galen Rupp won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on a hot and humid day in sunny Los Angeles. Meb Keflezighi made his fourth Olympic team, second at the marathon, with his second placing. And in third place, Jared Ward, third in LA Marathon in 2015, made up a strong deficit and moved himself into third place in this hotly contested Olympic Trials.
166 men started the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials at 10:06 AM, Pacific time, on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
The marathon is one of the most complicated events to race at the elite level. Experience is key for many, but if one does not have experience, then being around experienced coaching and support is key. With Galen Rupp, you have a guy who trains like a marathoner and is coached by a former WR holder in the marathon (Alberto Salazar). With Meb, you have a guy who has finished 23 of his 24 starts in marathons. With Jared, you have a thoughtful marathoner with some strong experience, advised and supported by a great coach (Ed Eyestone), wonderful family and supportive team members.