Rupp wins marathon debut in US Olympic Team Trials

The former University of Oregon star easily won the 26.2 mile race

FILE - Portland's Galen Rupp is one of the world's top six ranked 5,000-meter runners, all of whom will compete Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Undated photo. (Meg Williams/Portland Tribune)
FILE - Portland's Galen Rupp is one of the world's top six ranked 5,000-meter runners, all of whom will compete Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Undated photo. (Meg Williams/Portland Tribune)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Galen Rupp pulled away late to win the steamy U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials, earning a berth to the Rio Games.

The 29-year-old Rupp completed his marathon debut through Los Angeles in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 10 seconds.

Meb Keflezighi finished second about a minute later and Jared Ward finished third. The top three finishers earn an Olympic berth.

Rupp and Keflezighi raced as a pair through the final 6 miles before Ruppp pulling away over the final 3 miles. Ward passed Tyler Pennel for third with about 8 miles left.

Runners competed in record heat, with the official temperature at 66 degrees at the start. The trials record was 61 degrees in 1960. The temperature rose to 75 by the end of the race.

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