Meb Keflezighi Takes Second at ING New York Marathon on Sunday

Nov. 8, 2004

Former Bruin and 2004 Athens Olympic Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi placed second on Sunday in the ING New York Marathon, while running a personal-best time of 2:09.52. It was the best finish by an American since Bob Kemprainen placed second and Arturo Barrios third in 1993's race.

'I just tried to be smart today, said Kefleizighi. 'At about 16 miles, they threw in a really strong surge. I was struggling with a cramp. It took a lot of energy to catch up to those guys. Ramaala had his day today. People had doubts about what I was gong to do, but the doubts have been answered.'

Keflezighi, the American record holder in the 10,000m trains in Mammoth Lakes, CA under former Bruin head coach Bob Larsen and has had an impressive summer under Larsen's guidance.

'Coach Larsen and I had a long meeting last night to determine the possibilities. Today I was a winner to be able to come back and recover.'