Ryan Hall (athlete)

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Ryan Hall at the 2008 London Marathon

Ryan Hall (born October 14, 1982 in Big Bear Lake ) is a retired American long-distance runner .

As a teenager, Ryan Hall was initially active in various ball sports until he turned to running at the age of 15. His favorite routes there were the 1,500 meters and the mile . He achieved his first major success with a second place at the 2003 NCAA cross championships.

In 2005 he won over 5000 meters at the NCAA championships, but retired at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in the preliminary run. In 2006 he became US cross-country champion and set a national record over 20 kilometers (57:54 min) in eleventh place at the World Road Running Championships in Debrecen .

In 2007 he won the Houston Marathon on the half marathon route and was not only national champion over this distance, but also became the first American ever to break the hour mark (59:43 min). His debut on the marathon route followed in April: At the London Marathon , he finished seventh in 2:08:24 hours, making him the second fastest American over this distance, behind ex-world record holder Khalid Khannouchi .

The day before the New York City Marathon , he won the elimination competition of the US Athletics Federation in Central Park in 2:09:02 h and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This triumph was overshadowed by the tragic death of his friend Ryan Shay , who collapsed after nine kilometers.

In 2008 he was fifth in the London Marathon in 2:06:17 h and tenth in the Olympic Games in 2:12:33 h.

In 2009 he was third in the Boston Marathon and the New York City Half Marathon , won the Philadelphia Half Marathon and was fourth in the New York City Marathon .

In 2011, he finished second in the Houston Marathon Half Marathon. In Boston he came in fourth in 2:04:58 hours; the tailwind-assisted time was not counted as a record because of the special features of this course. In the fall, he finished fifth in the Chicago Marathon .

In the US qualifying competition for the 2012 Olympic Games , which was held the day before the Houston Marathon, he qualified second behind Mebrahtom Keflezighi and ahead of Abdihakem Abdirahman for London.

Ryan Hall is 1.78 m tall and weighs 59 kg. He has been married to long-distance runner Sara Hall (née Bei ) since 2005 , whom he met while studying at Stanford University .

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  1. ^ IAAF: Hall, Ritzenhein and Sell are Beijing bound - US Marathon Trials ( Memento of November 4, 2007 in the Internet Archive ). November 3, 2007