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Meb Keflezighi Wins NYC Marathon

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1982 to win the NYC Marathon when he did so on Sunday with a time of 2:09:15. It was a strong day all around for Americans: Ryan Hall finished 4th, Nick Arciniaga was 8th, Abdi Abdirahman was 9th, and Jason Lemkuhle was 10th, which gave the US six Top 10 finishers in this race for the first time since 1979.

Keflezigi is originally from Eritrea, a country formerly owned by Ethiopia, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t proud to win the marathon wearing the red white and blue.
“U.S.A. gave me all the opportunity in the world, education, sports, lifestyle,” Keflezighi said. “This is so special to me. This is really a special day.”

 

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