For Galen Rupp, Saturday's Olympic trials marathon in Los Angeles was something of a coronation, a race that allowed America's best distance runner to conquer the one distance he had never tried.
And he appeared to do it without breaking a sweat or into a smile, breezing through the record heat to win easily in two hours 11 minutes and 12 seconds.
For Meb Keflezighi, America's most experienced, decorated and seemingly happiest marathoner, the race was a celebration. In gutting out a second-place finish in 2:12:20, he became the country's first three-time Olympian in the event, an accomplishment he celebrated by dashing the final 200 yards carrying an American flag and...
A Penn State lion symbol with a tear was painted on the window of The Family Clothesline on College Ave. in State College on Thursday November 10, 2011.