Olympic Marathon Trials for The New York Times

Sally Kipyego (draped in flag) embraces Abdi Abdirahman as Galen Rupp (far right) looks on during the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020. Sally Kipyego finished third in the women’s race; Abdi Abdirahman came in third and Galen Rupp finished first in the men’s. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times

The trials for the 2020 Olympic marathon were held this past weekend here in downtown Atlanta, and the Times asked me to cover them. It was a pretty simple but brutal selection process — the top three finishers from men and women (six total) will be going to Tokyo. Perhaps one of the coolest things about these trials is that a record number of women qualified to compete. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from the event.

Galen Rupp, who won the men’s division, takes a seat prior to the start of the trials. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
Organizers battle the wind during the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
Tyler Slayman (holding sign) cheers on his wife, Brooke Slayman (also pictured), during the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020. She qualified for the race when she was 1 month pregnant, her husband said. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
Abdi Abdirahman celebrates placing third during the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
Lindsey Anderson and Taylor Ward during the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times
Galen Rupp consoles a sobbing Jordan Hasay during the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020. Hasay, who finished 26th, was a favorite for the race. Rupp won the men’s division. Photo by Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times

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