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The Donnybrook
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A great story that got lost in all this World Series hubbub...

For the first time since 1982, an American man won the New York City Marathon over the weekend.

UCLA alumnus Meb Keflezighi, who won the silver medal at the Athens Olympic marathon but didn't make the U.S. team for the Beijing Games, set a personal-best time in winning the New York City marathon today.

Keflezighi, a native of Eritrea who grew up in San Diego and became a U.S. citizen in 1998, became the first American man to win the race through New York's five boroughs since Alberto Salazar triumphed in 1982. In a field with a record 43,741 starters and a strong elite group, Keflezighi set a personal best of 2 hours 9 minutes 15 seconds after he broke away from Kenya's Robert Cheruiyot with just over two miles to go.
Very cool...


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