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Runner Meb Keflezighi is All-American Through and Through

By Michael Jee On November - 5 - 2009

For the first time since 1982, an American won the men’s race at the New York City Marathon.


While most, New Yorkers included, spent the better part of Sunday recovering from a Halloween-induced drunken stupor, Meb Keflezighi bested thousands of runners from around the world to cross the finish line first in 2:09:15.  Many had written him off as too old, especially after he failed to qualify for the last Olympics in Beijing after breaking his hip.


For some people, like CNBC Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell, Keflezighi’s accomplishment seemed insignificant and somehow invalid.  Rovell wrote a joke of an editorial in which he all but denounced Keflezighi’s win the day after the marathon, all because Keflezighi isn’t American-born.

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