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RE: 25 Americans now have the Olympic standard in marathon but won't be at the Trials. Should USATF let them in?
It serves no good purpose to set higher standards than the IAAF, there is plenty of room for more runners in a marathon, and increasing participation in the trials help develop running, contrary to the blinkered view of the Canadian, Brits, and the rest.
The American system of letting people into the trials and then sending everyone who qualifies to Worlds or the Olympics has resulted in the most consistently successful track nation in the world. Letting everyone who meets the Olympic standard into the marathon trials would just continue that wise policy.
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