Meb ‘Persevered’ Through Mishaps At London Games To Finish 4th In Marathon

The American recalls his dramatic result a year after the 2012 Olympics.

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It has been 365 days since American Meb Keflezighi ran down The Mall in London with an American flag raised high above his head. Three hundred and sixty-five days since the father of three defied the nay-naysayers, those who said he was too old to do well in his second Olympic Marathon, eight years after earning a silver medal in Athens. It has been 365 days since Keflezighi — then 37 — placed fourth in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics.

“Looking back,” Keflezighi paused for a brief moment of self-reflection, “people are still talking about it. How I came back from 20th place to fourth place and how it inspired people to be the only American finisher. Hopefully I made them proud. I haven’t gone anywhere in the last year where someone hasn’t talked about it.”

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On the eve of this month’s TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine — where he finished fifth as the top American — Keflezighi sat down with Race Results Weekly to talk about the 2012 Olympic Marathon. Asked his thoughts about the race one year later, he opened up with a mix of emotions.

Keflezighi remembers Aug. 12, 2012, in vivid, distinct detail, both the good and the bad. From the time he toed the start line with teammates Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman, to the crossing of the finish 2:11:06 later, Keflezighi can recount nearly every mile.

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