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Daring to Dream - The Russell Brown Story

February 19, 2013

By Ben Dejarnette, FloTrack

He has lived this moment in his dreams. The raucous crowd roaring its approval. The wall of noise crashing down onto the track from every direction. The Olympic flame burning as faithfully as the desire that drove him here. Born out of years of humble devotion to his sport, this is Russell Brown’s dream.

But it is not his reality.

As the world’s best Milers prepare for the Olympic 1500-meter preliminary round in London, Brown moves gingerly around a turf field in his hometown of Hanover, N.H., anxiously testing the condition of his injured Achilles tendon. He has run faster than any American at 1500 meters this year, but his tentative strides bear no resemblance to the powerful cadence that propelled him to a 3:34.11 personal best in Qatar ten weeks ago.  Today’s run lasts just eight minutes. It’s all his broken body can manage.

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