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Samuelson Still Running Strong at 53
CHICAGO (AP) -- Joan Benoit Samuelson is still running strong heading into the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, hoping to finish in less than three hours and maybe even qualify for the 2012 Olympic Trials.

That would mean clocking in under 2 hours, 46 minutes.

A more realistic goal is breaking 2:50 this weekend, and if she happened to qualify for the Olympic Trials in two years, well, even better. But at 53, Samuelson isn't necessarily eyeing another golden moment like the one at the 1984 Olympics.

There's no guarantee she'll run again after the Chicago Marathon, where she finished in 2:21:21 in 1985 and set an American record that lasted until 2003.

Last year, she ran the New York City Marathon to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her Olympic victory and finished in 2:49:09. Now, she's returning to the site of another memorable race.

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