Two-time Olympian adds 20th national title to resume with ING New York City Marathon win
By Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire
Meb Keflezighi, who has started twelve marathons and finished eleven, debuted in New York City 2002 in 2:12:35 and seven years later, the 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist has come full circle with an impressive win and personal record of 2:09:15 at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon to end the 27-year U.S. victory drought at the event.
In addition, Keflezighi won his first marathon and first USA marathon title ever. The California resident now has 20 national titles from 5K to the marathon (14 road, 3 track and 3 cross country) with four crowns this year (marathon, half-marathon, 12K cross country and 7 miles). Below is a snapshot of Meb's marathon moments.
Marathon podium finishes (6)
Champion, 2009 ING New York City Marathon, 2:09:15, personal record
Silver medal, 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon, 2:11:29
Second, 2004 ING New York City Marathon, 2:09:53
Second, 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, 2:11:47
Third, 2005 ING New York City Marathon, 2:09:56
Third, 2006 Boston Marathon, 2:09:56
2:12:35, ninth, 2002 New York City Marathon, debut
2:10:03, seventh, 2003 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon
2:09:53, second, 2004 ING New York City Marathon
2:09:21, ninth, 2009 Flora London Marathon
2:09:15, first, 2009 ING New York City Marathon