Trials put event, runners on bigger stage
HOUSTON -- Reputations and past performances and personal bests all get tossed to the side like empty water bottles at Saturday's U.S. Olympic marathon trials, where the top three runners make the team and everyone else goes home.
The format has its risks. What if the country's most fit and accomplished man or woman comes down with the flu that week, or trips over a crack in the road? Some countries prefer to crunch numbers and let their running brain trust decide. But for sheer spectacle ...
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