US Olympic Marathon Trials Debutant Zach Panning Opens Up on His Disappointing Finish Despite Early Domination

Published 02/03/2024, 10:53 PM EST

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The recently concluded US Olympic Marathon Trials brought some gutsy souls to the fore. While one superwoman ran with a pregnant belly, one ran with diabetes type 1. Even fresh faces from all around have taken a chance to make their Olympic dream team. But not all could make it to the finish line on time, thus missing out on the golden opportunity. But it perturbs more when a lead turns into an ebb. That’s exactly the case of Zach Panning.

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The 28-year-old, training with the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, had his eyes on finishing first. But some things don’t always go the way we want them to. The Olympic Trials debutant witnessed his Olympic dreams fall apart in a jiffy.

Major lead turns into an unfortunate dream collapse

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Citius Mag has resorted to its X handle to share a fragment of Panning’s post-event interview. The caption reads, @ZachPanning was grinding out front for the majority of the race – at his FIRST Olympic Trials. Put some respect on his name!”  In the video, Panning spoke up about the Trials being his first one, but his nobility shone through as he accoladed his teammates for making it on top. He Said, “This is my first trials – the inexperience showed a little bit but I’m really proud with how I raced and am really proud of the guys that made the team.” 

Last year, at the World Athletics Championships, Zach was the top American to steal the spotlight. On account of his 2023, he had gathered the courage to make a move at the Olympic Trials. But despite a major lead in the middle of the sixth mile, he lost his pace later in the race. Since running for straight two hours can be taxing, the 28-year-old kept his spirits up but lost to his more deserving mates. Connor Mantz, the winner of the men’s category, was almost convinced that Zach was making it to the roster.

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Recalling when Connor Mantz saw him running, he said, “When I saw Zach hit the front at five and a half miles I looked at Clayton. I just looked at him. I didn’t even nod. He looked at me and I was like, ‘We’re going for it.'” But losing out on time rewarded him with a sixth finish, but he doesn’t regret it whatsoever.

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Having trained in Florida, he confessed that he “maybe a pinch too excited” just when he saw his lead coming to fruition. Maybe a pre-celebration within has cost him a win that he inarguably deserved. With more time to experiment, his scope of making it to the Olympics next time isn’t lost yet.

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Agnijeeta Majumder

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With a passion for sports and an active lifestyle, I delved into the world of journalism and here I am creating insights on various avenues of the sporting realm. In my school years, I could often be found loitering about with a throw ball in hand or maybe engaging in a tough bout. My active participation in both traditional sports and hiking escapades has considerably shaped my mind and its thoughts.
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