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NBC to air unprecedented live coverage of Olympic marathon trials

Meb Keflezighi

during the running of the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jim Rogash

The U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s marathon trials will air live for the first time in 2016, on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.

The top three men’s and women’s finishers at the Feb. 13 event in Los Angeles (coverage starts at 1 p.m. ET) are in line to make the U.S. Olympic team.

The last U.S. man to earn an Olympic marathon medal, Meb Keflezighi, is expected to headline the field. Keflezighi, 40 and the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist, could become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner of all time.

The last U.S. man to win the Olympic marathon was Frank Shorter in 1972.

The women’s field in Los Angeles could include Shalane Flanagan, the 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist.

The last U.S. woman to earn an Olympic marathon medal was Deena Kastor in 2004 (bronze). The last winner was Joan Benoit, in the first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic trials for the rest of the track and field events are July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore.

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