Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi is a force to be reckoned with.
Eritrean-born American Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009. He returns to the Big Apple next month to see if he can capture the magic again.
“I really believe I can win New York again,” the 37-year-old said. “Last year was definitely the year probably I said ‘no I cannot win’ because Geoffrey Mutai ran phenomenal, but I still believe I can run 2:07, 2:08 on this course.”
Keflezighi took fourth in the recent Olympic marathon–the only American male to finish the race.
“About 17 or 18 miles I just said ‘You know what? I have New York coming up. I already have an Olympic Silver medal. Why am I doing this? I need to stop’,” he said, referencing the London race.
“I love the Big Apple. I love it here,” Keflezighi says of New York. “The reason I keep coming back to New York is because the New York Road Runners have done a fabulous job supporting me, U.S distance running and many other training groups around the country. So if I’m going to be anywhere running 26 miles, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but New York.”