San Diegan is first American to win N.Y. marathon since ’82

San Diego High School alumnus Meb Keflezighi today became the first American man since 1982 to win the prestigious New York City, continuing a dominating year of distance running.

Keflezighi set a personal best in his second straight marathon,
completing 26.2 miles in 2:09:15, six seconds faster than the time he recorded in London earlier this year.

Up until 2009, the 34-year-old fixture on the long distance circuit
battled injuries and poor performances. He suffered a hip fracture in 2007 and failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a comedown for a silver medal Olympian marathoner.

He twice in recent years didn’t finish in London and in 2006 came in
21st in New York City.

In 2009, however, he’s set the two personal bests, won a half-marathon
in San Jose and won several races at shorter distances.

Keflezighi is reportedly aiming for a return to the Olympics in 2012 in

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