Brenda Martinez celebrates after placing third in the women’s 1,500 in 4:06.16 during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2016. (Photo by Kirby Lee, Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
United States’ Brenda Martinez, center, runs in the women’s 1500 meters during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last August. (Photo by Michael Goulding, The Orange County Register/SCNG)
Brenda Martinez (center) competes against Ajee Wilson in the women’s 800 during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. (Photo by Kirby Lee, contributing photographer)
Morgan Uceny, top, steps over Brenda Martinez, who dove at the finish line in the finals of the women’s 1500-meter run with at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Eugene Ore.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Brenda Martinez, right, and winner Jenny Simpson celebrate after the finals of the women’s 1500-meter run at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Brenda Martinez wins her heat during the semifinals in the womens 1500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Brenda Martinez will return to Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., to compete in the Prefontaine Classic, on Saturday. (Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
EUGENE, Ore. — It was months before Brenda Martinez could bring herself to watch a video replay of last year’s Olympic Trials 800-meter final, her reluctance driven as much by a sense of denial as an unwillingness to relive the worst moment of her career.