Keflezighi Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

Meb Keflezighi still plans to run in Boston. Photo: Lester Cacho/Ollie Neglerio

Meb Keflezighi set an American 20K record in San Jose. Photo: Lester Cacho/Ollie Neglerio

INDIANAPOLIS – Meb Keflezighi has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an American record in the men’s 20 km Sunday en route to winning the  Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in San Jose, Calif.

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the men’s marathon, Keflezighi’s 20 km split of 57 minutes 52 seconds broke Ryan Hall’s previous record of 57:54 set in 2006.  Keflezighi went on to win the half marathon in 1:01:00, bettering his previous personal best by 25 seconds. His half-marathon time ranks him number three all-time on the American list.

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Now in its eighth year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

Winners: January 6, Mason Finley; January 13, Amber Campbell; January 20, Josh Cox; January 27, German Fernandez; February 3, Ashton Eaton; February 10, Shalane Flanagan; February 17, Galen Rupp; February 24, Dexter Faulk; March 3, Terrence Trammell; March 10, Diana Pickler; March 17, Galen Rupp; March 24, Sumi Onodera-Leonard; March 31, German Fernandez; April 7, Cyrus Hostetler; April 14, Curtis Beach; April 21, Kara Goucher; April 28, Mason Finley; May 5, Chris Derrick; May 12, Natalie Willer; May 19, Will Claye; May 26, Nadine O’Connor; June 2, Tyson Gay; June 9, Dwight Phillips; June 16, Galen Rupp; June 23, Kami Semick; June 30, Dawn Harper; July 7, Raevyn Rogers; July 14, Ryan Crouser; July 28, Anton Krupicka; August 11, Rita Hanscom; August 19, Christian Cantwell; August 26, Trey Hardee; September 1, Dathan Ritzenhein; September 9, Sanya Richards; September 15, Carmelita Jeter; September 23, Tyson Gay; Jamie Donaldson; October 7, Meb Keflezighi.

Source: USATF

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