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Tight marathon community touched by competitor's death

Updated: November 3, 2007, 6:46 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It was supposed to be a showcase for the best this taxing event can coax from top endurance athletes. Instead, the U.S. Olympic trials held Saturday to select the men's marathon team layered a nightmare over dreams realized.

Youth trumped experience in the race results. Three runners under 30 took charge on the course and will compete in Beijing next summer. But moments after crossing the finish line, Ryan Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein and Brian Sell got the most ...

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