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Meb Keflezighi won the 2009 New York City Marathon

Meb Keflezighi wins NYC Marathon - AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Meb Keflezighi wins NYC Marathon - AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon this morning and completed it with a personal best time of 2:09:15.  An American hasn’t won the NYC Marathon since 1982.

Meb Keflezighi, 34, emigrated from Ethiopia to San Diego, California in 1987 and became a US citizen in 1998. Keflezighi has been running most of his life and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics. 

Meb Keflezighi’s Career Highlights:

  • 2005 ING NYC Marathon 3rd place
  • 2004 Olympic Marathon Silver Medallist
  • 2004 ING NYC Marathon Runner-Up
  • 2000, 2004 Olympic Trials 10,000m champion
  • 2004 Marathon Olympic Trials runner-up
  • 12th in 10,000m at 2000 Olympics
  • 3-time U.S. 10,000m champ (2000, ’02, ’04)
  • 2-time USA 12km XC champ (’01, ’02 )
  • 3-time U.S. 15 km champ (’01, ’02, ’04)
  • 4-time NCAA champion
  • American 10,000m record holder
  • Olympic Trials 10,000m record holder
  • U.S. Championships 10,000m record holder

 Source: www.usatf.org

Derartu Tulu, 37 from Ethiopia was the first female to finish the NYC Marathon this morning with a completion time of 2:28:52. Keflezighi and Tulu will each receive $130,000 in prize money.

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