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Abdirahman was down, but never out

Updated: June 15, 2012, 4:52 PM ET
By Erin Strout | espnW

In the prognostications and message-board discussions that preceded this January's U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Abdi Abdirahman was rarely mentioned as a legitimate contender. He had, after all, spent much of the two years before the race quietly nursing injuries, including a stress reaction in his right femur. The pundits and distance-running geeks thought he was done. At 35, he was too old and too injured to have a shot at one of the three spots on the U.S. team.

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