Eritrean-American, Meb Keflezighi, wins U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Meb Keflezighi made some history at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

The Eritrean pride and 2004 Silver medalist, Meb Keflezighi, secured his third time Olympic representation for the U.S.

By Chris Duncan and Bonnie D. Ford,

The Eritrea-born Keflezighi won Saturday’s race in a personal-best time of 2:09:08 to qualify for his third olympic games. At 36, Keflezighi is the oldest winner of the trial and the first man to win the event and the New York marathon (2009) in his career.

A spectator handed Keflezighi an American flag in the final mile on Saturday, and he waved it and pumped his fist to the cheering crowd as he approached the finish line.

It was just a magical moment,” Keflezighi said.

The top American men’s and women’s distance runners competed in Houston for three Marathon spots on each team that will represent the U.S. at the Summer Games. Continue reading

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