Shoe Addicts Salute: Abdi Abdirahman, US Olympic Trials-Marathon, third place, Men, by Shoe Addicts, note by Larry Eder

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We give you Somali-American long distance runner and part of Team USA Abdi Abdirahman. Taking third at the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, TX, Abdi will be joining his fellow teammates in taking on the world at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Updated on February 13, 2012: added footage

Abdi Abdirahman lives the American dream. He is now part of his fourth Olympic team. A most talented athlete, which is evident to all but him. Abdi is quite humble. His friend, Bernard Lagat, told RBR two weeks ago, " Of course I knew he would make the team."

Abdi had not run a marathon since 2006! He has had moments of brilliance, such as his 27:17 for 10,000 meters. The Black Cactus, as he is called, has a huge amount of talent. He has also had to deal with a series of tough injuries, injuries which would have other people give up. Not Abdi Abdirahman. The Black Cactus does not easily give up.

Nearly six years and no marathon finish. But, the Black Cactus knew how to do it. So, he put all distractions away, and focused. And ran, and ran, and ran.

The key is though, when 111 other men lined up, each with a story justifying why they should make the team, and it comes down, very quickly to eight, then seven, then five, then four, then three, and Abdi was third.

Gutting out the final three miles, Abdi held off, by eight seconds, a friend, Dathan Ritzenhein, to make his fourth Olympic team. Consider that cushion, or lack of cushion. One has to give his or her all to make a US Olympic team. 


And now, on to London 2012......



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