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Olympic Marathon: Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi Face Challenging Kenyan, Ethiopian Teams

A trio of medal contenders from the United States will run against strong teams from Kenya and Ethiopia Sunday morning in the Olympic marathon, a marquee event of the Summer Games.As is tradition, the final day of the 2012 Summer Olympics is reserved for one of the world's most historic events: the marathon.The marathon is one of the events from the original modern Games in 1896, a race won by Spyridon "Spyros" Louis in a rather impressive time (considering this was over 100 years ago) of 2 hours 58 minutes and 50 seconds. And the race has a particularly special history with London; for it was in the Big Smoke, where the city hosted the 1908 Games, that the length of the marathon was stretched from 26 to 26.2 miles, so the finish would pass by the viewing box of the Royal Family.The 2012 edition of the race starts on The Mall and requires competitors to complete a loop of 2.2 miles, taking them to the River Thames, Houses of Parliament, and back up past Buckingham Palace. Then it's off...

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