Ryan Hall (runner)

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

Ryan Hall was active as a teenager, first in various ball sports, until he turned 15 years running. There his favorite tracks were the 1500 meters and the mile. It reached its first major success with a second place finish at the NCAA Cross Championships 2003.

In 2005, he won over 5000 meters at the NCAA Championships, but different at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in the flow. In 2006 he was U.S. champion in cross country and placed eleventh in the Road Race World Championships in Debrecen, a national record over 20 kilometers ( 57:54 min).

In 2007 he won the Houston Marathon on the half marathon course and thus was not only national champion over this distance, but also broke it the first American ever the hour mark ( 59:43 min). His debut on the marathon course was followed in April: The London Marathon, he finished seventh in 2:08:24 hours and was over this distance at the first go second fastest American behind former world record holder Khalid Khannouchi.

On the eve of the New York City Marathon, he won the Knockout of the U.S. Association of Athletics Federations in Central Park in 2:09:02 h and thus 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 the London Marathon in 2:06:17 h in fifth and at the Olympic Games in 2:12:33 h tenth.

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

In 2011 he was second in the half marathon competition of the Houston Marathon. In Boston, he ran fourth in 2:04:58 h; the tailwind -assisted time, however, was not counted as a record because of the peculiarities of this course. In the autumn he was fifth at the Chicago Marathon.

When U.S. Knockout for the 2012 Olympic Games, which was held the day before the Houston Marathon, he qualified second behind Mebrahtom Keflezighi and Abdirahman before Abdihakem for London

Ryan Hall is 1,78 m tall and weighs 59 kg. Since 2005 he is with the long distance runner Sara Hall ( née In ) married, he had met during his studies at Stanford University.

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