|Christian Smith tastes Olympic (Trials) glory|
At the Chicago Marathon this past weekend, we were reminded once again about the qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon. The window is closing for the January 14, 2012 race on December 15th (30 days prior), which leaves the prior weekend as the last chance to make Olympic (Trials) dreams a reality. Expect a big group runners to take one last crack at the qualifying standard at the speedy California International Marathon on December 4th. Expect some extreme last chancers at the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville on December 10th, only 100 miles from the 2004 Men's Olympic Trials Marathon.
Many new stars will emerge on the track through the collegiate system, well timed breakthroughs will take place from people like Christian Smith, who was the last seed in the 800 in 2008 (and came in third) and many old stars will surprise as well.
The Olympic Trials standards (for distance events) are as follows (not taking into consideration the Olympic Games standards):
|Automatic (“A”)||Provisional (“B”)||Field Size & Rounds||Event||Automatic (“A”)||Provisional (“B”)||Field Size & Rounds|
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