Meb Keflezighi: New York City Marathon Winner

November 1, 2009

Meet Meb Keflezighi, New York City Marathon’s winner for 2009. Read more about this amazing runner who hails from Eritrea and became a U.S. citizen in 1998 below.

Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi, New York City Marathon winner of 2009, becomes the first U.S. citizen to win the event since 1982.

Keflezighi ran a personal best of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 15 seconds. He had previously competed in the NYC marathon in 2004, placing second, and again in 2005, taking third place.

Rounding out the Top 4 in today’s race were Robert Cheruiyot, of Kenya, who took second, Jaouad Gharib of Morocco placed third, and another American, Ryan Hall, placed fourth.

As a biography, Meb Keflezighi was born on the the of May in 1975, so he is 34 years of age. His birthplace is Asmara, Eritrea. He was brought up in California, attending San Diego High School. While there he garnered several championship state titles in the 1600 and 3200 meter events from 1991 to 1994. He would later attend UCLA and became a United States citizen in 1998.

He competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, earning a respectable second place finish in the Men’s Marathon event. He failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games, finishing eighth at the Olympic trials marathon in 2007. He was in visible pain, later finding out that he had a stress fracture in his hip. His trainer, Bob Larsen, said:

“He was literally crawling on the floor, room to room, after the Olympic trials marathon.”

Currently Keflezighi trains in Mammoth Lakes, where he resides.

Congratulations Meb Keflezighi! New York City Marathon winner 2009! See video of him here and more below.

Photo: Mason

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