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Marathon misfire for U.S. women

Updated: August 5, 2012, 10:14 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

LONDON -- The best-laid race plans of the most talented group of U.S. runners ever entered in the women's Olympic marathon dissolved in rain and a small hailstorm of bad luck Sunday, resulting in a podium shutout for the sixth time in the eight Summer Games the event has been run.

The veteran of the trio at the distance, Desiree Davila, stepped off the course after the first 2.2-mile lap, hobbled by the first major injury of her career. Oregon-based training partners Shalane ...

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