Amy Cragg, Des Linden And Shalane Flanagan Are Heading To The Summer Olympics

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205 women lined up in downtown Los Angeles to participate in the United States Olympic Marathon Team Trials.  In order to participate in the team trials, each runner had to qualify by running a marathon time of 2:45. Yikes. Bowerman Track Club members Shalane Flanagan & Amy Cragg took the lead early on in the race but Desiree Linden waited for the last few minutes of the race to give it her all.  After a tough 26.2 miles, the results are in! Here's what you need to know about the women who will be representing the United States in Rio!

Amy Cragg, 32, took first place at the US Olympic Marathon Team Trials.  After spending the past few months training alongside Shalane Flanagan, Cragg came back stronger than ever with a 1st place finish-- crushing her 4th place finish at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. We're looking forward to watch the Flanagan-Cragg duo in Rio.

Desriee Linden, 32, never gave up and pushed through for second place. She started the race at a very conservative pace, and pushed herself into 3rd after the halfway point. After Flanagan & Cragg led the majority of the race, she secured the second spot by passing an exhausted Flanagan during the last mile. She made it to the 2012 Olympic Games in London but was forced to drop out of the race due to injury. Desiree trains with the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project. 

Shalane Flanagan, 34, had the fastest qualifying time so it was no surprise when she took the lead early on in Los Angeles. She maintained a comfortable lead alongside Cragg throughout the majority of the race but just couldn't hold on during the last mile and settled for an amazing third place finish. She trains in Oregon with Amy Cragg with the Bowerman Track Club. The Olympic games won't be new territory for Flanagan. She took 9th place in the marathon at the  2012 London Olympics.

Kara Goucher, 34, finished in 4th place in Los Angeles and will be the alternate in the event one of the top three runners suffers from an injury. More importantly, Goucher's 4th place finish shows that she's back and we look forward to watching her race in the future!

Did you watch the US Marathon Olympic Trials? Tell us what you thought in the comments.  

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