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U.S. gets first marathon medal in 20 years

Updated: August 22, 2004, 8:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Training with her dog high in the Sierras, then dodging herds of sheep on runs through the hills of Crete in the days before the Olympics, Deena Kastor kept believing she could earn a medal in the marathon.

"I couldn't have prepared myself any better," she said during a break in her Crete training.

Two weeks later, Kastor conquered the rugged hills of the ancient course that gave the marathon its name, somehow marshaling the energy to pull from eighth to third in ...

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