Brian Sell representing the United States in the Olympic Marathon on Saturday*

Brian Sell representing the United States in the Olympic Marathon on Saturday*

Brian Sell representing the United States in the Olympic Marathon on Saturday*
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Brian Sell representing the United States in the Olympic Marathon on Saturday*

Rochester Hills, MI, August 21, 2008--Hansons-Brooks (powered by Saturn) athlete Brian Sell will be representing the United States in the Olympic Marathon on Saturday in Beijing.

Sell qualified for the Olympic games with a third place finish at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Central Park last November. Ryan Hall (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Dathan Ritzenhein (Eugene, Oreg.) qualified ahead of Sell (2:11:40) in the Olympic Trials, running 2:09:02 and 2:11:07, respectively. The Olympic Trials field--widely regarded as the most competitive in the 40-year history of the race--also included 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.), 2004 Olympic Trials champion Alan Culpepper (Louisville, Colo.), American record holder Khalid Khannouchi (Ossining, N.Y.), and 2004 Olympian Dan Browne (Beaverton, Oreg.), among others.

Sell, who will be making his first Olympic appearance, has international experience that extends back to the 2001 World University Games where he placed 4th in the half marathon--an intimation of his future success on the roads. Two years later, he would earn a spot at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, where he led Team USA with a 25th place finish (1:03:53). It was his performance at the 2005 World Marathon Championships, however, that established him as an athlete with Olympic potential. In a race where many of the best marathoners in the world struggled to finish, Sell powered through the second half of the race, moving up from 39th place to 9th place (2:13:27)--the highest placing for an American since Mark Plaatjes' gold medal in the 1993 World Championships.

He followed up his World Championships race with a 4th place finish at the 2006 Boston Marathon (2:10:55) and 6th place at the 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, where he ran his personal best of 2:10:47. During that time, he has also earned national titles in the 25 km and the half marathon. He won the U.S. 25 km Championships again in 2007 and earlier this year Sell became the first to claim three titles in the U.S. 25 km with his first-ever outright win of the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

The medal favorites for Saturday include Sammy Wanjiru (KEN), Martin Lel (KEN), Abderrahim Goumri (MAR), Tsegaye Kebede (ETH), and Ryan Hall.

The Marathon will be televised live on NBC at 7:30 p.m. EST.

*The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday the 24th in Beijing, but with the time difference, the race will be live in the United States at 7:30 p.m. (EST).

Back home, Sell's Hansons-Brooks teammates will be cheering him on at Antoniou's Town Square Pizza in Rochester--a frequent dining spot for Sell and teammates. Other friends of the Hansons-Brooks program will be getting together at Hansons Running Shop in Royal Oak Michigan for an Olympic Marathon viewing party.

Also, online video interviews with Brian are available compliments of Flotrack.

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