Meb Keflezighi’s silver medal in 2004 was the first U.S. Olympic men’s marathon medal since Frank Shorter finished second in 1976. Ryan Hall hoped to add his name to that list in 2008. He fell short but finished a respectable tenth. In 2009 he finished third in the Boston Marathon and fourth in the New York City Marathon.
Despite running on what was considered a slow and difficult course in New York’s Central Park, Hall set a U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials record while winning in 2:09:02 in November, 2007.
Moving on up:
Hall’s been working his way up to marathon distance since his high school days, when he won the National Scholastic mile in 4:06 as a junior. He’s competed at a variety of cross country distances and ran half-marathons before running his first full marathon in April, 2007. Hall finished seventh in the Flora London Marathon in 2:08:24, the best-ever marathon debut for an American.
Hall’s Olympic Trials success marked his third U.S. title. He won the half-marathon championship in 2007 and the long course cross country title in 2006. He won the 2005 NCAA 5000-meter championship and was the 2003 NCAA cross country runner-up for Stanford. He placed third in the 5000 at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in 2005 and also took third in the U.S. 4-kilometer Cross Country Championship in 2006. Hall holds U.S. records in the half-marathon (59:43) and 20-kilometer (57:54) events.
- Height: 5-10
- Weight: 130
- Birth date: October 14, 1982
- Hometown: Big Bear Lake, California
- World Championships: None