Here's an idea for everyone who might run in the Olympic Marathon Trials.
Finish top three, and don't be pathetically slow.
You don't know much about championship racing. Do you know how many times a medalist at the marathon hasn't hit the current A standard? Championship style racing without rabbits is a different game so expecting the top 3 at the trials to hit the A standard is not a good method. Plus you factor in the trials are a very hilly course in what could be less than ideal conditions in Atlanta.
Jarad Ward was 6th at the Olympics but do you know what he ran in LA at the trials???? 2:13:00, 1min 30 sec slower than the current standard. Would it have been smart not to allow him to go or better for the sport?