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Meb Keflezighi

Career Highlights: Meb Keflezighi proved his longevity in American distance running with his fourth place finish in the Olympic marathon in London. It came eight years after his Olympic silver medal in 2004.

He has become a premier international name in American distance running. In addition to the records and Olympic medal, Keflezighi made history in 2009 by winning the ING New York City Marathon in 2:09:15. The win gave Keflezighi the USA Marathon Championship and his fourth national title of 2009, and he became the first American man to win in New York since Alberto Salazar's 1982 victory in 2:09:29.

He also finished atop the USA Running Circuit rankings for 2009. It was his first victory in that event since 2002. His 20 km split of 57:52 became the new American record for that event, bettering Ryan Hall’s 57:54 set in 2006.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Keflezighi became the first American man since 1976 to win an Olympic medal in the men’s marathon, taking the silver at Panathenaiko Stadium crossing the finish line under a full moon. His medal at Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremonies gave Team USA its 25th medal of the Athens Olympics - at the time the most successful Olympics for Team USA track & field since 1992. His time of 2:09:53 in the 2004 New York City Marathon gave the U.S. its best men’s finish in New York since Bob Kempainen placed second in 1993.

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