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New York - American Wins NYC Marathon

Published on: November 1, 2009 12:53 PM
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Meb Keflezighi from the United States raises his hands after crossing the finish line winning the mens division of the 2009 New York City Marathon November 1, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES SPORT Meb Keflezighi from the United States raises his hands after crossing the finish line winning the mens division of the 2009 New York City Marathon November 1, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES SPORT

New York - Meb Keflezighi has become the first American man to win the New York City Marathon since 1982.

Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, earned his first major marathon title Sunday. Born in Eritrea, the 34-year-old became a U.S. citizen in 1998.

He was second in New York in 2004 and third in 2005. Keflezighi, wearing “USA on his chest, won in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds.

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Four-time Boston Marathon champ Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya was second. Morocco’s Jaouad Gharib finished third and American Ryan Hall was fourth. American Alberto Salazar won three straight NYC Marathons from 1980-82.

Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia was the women’s winner, with 41-year-old Russian Ludmila Petrova the runner-up for the second straight year.


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 Nov 01, 2009 at 01:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Did someone born in the United States ever win? The guy from 1982 was born in Cuba.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 02:09 PM Anonymous Says:

How was the runners minyan?

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

The runers are making crazy all drivers

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 02:29 PM Anonymous Says:

how much money did he get?

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Bill Rodgers won it four consecutive years, 1976-1979.
He was American born.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 04:19 PM Gefilte Fish Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

how much money did he get?

I think the grand prize is $500K.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 05:26 PM sports fan Says:

thank you VIN for starting to post sports related news.
I hope this is the beginning of an official policy of reporting on all our local teams.
yankees, mets, giants, jets etc...

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 05:56 PM Raphael Kaufman Says:

Meb Keflezighi. Wasn't there a character by that name in the Li'l Abner comic strip? the little guy with the prepetual cloud over his head? I guess I'm dating myself.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 06:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
sports fan Says:

thank you VIN for starting to post sports related news.
I hope this is the beginning of an official policy of reporting on all our local teams.
yankees, mets, giants, jets etc...

ur right.
I daven in a chasidishe shtibel & everyone follows sports & knows the scores...
it has become an accepted thing & is a lot better than the other shtissim that ppl are into. (movies, rockn roll & worse r'l..)
sports actually keeps ppl out of trouble.
the chasidishe yeshivos would have a lot less kids going off the derech & child molesters if they would let the bochrim play & be involved in sports...

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 06:42 PM Anonymous Says:

We had several postings last night about the growing number of frumme yidden running in the marathon, including one rav from a frum shul. This is a very positive development and more shuls need to consider how to use sports to get people interested in physical fitness rather than sitting around the tish and fressing.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 06:44 PM Anonymous Says:

I took my wife and kids to central park to watch the last 1/2 mile. The crowds were huge. Some of the womens' times were amazing. They were a great model for my daughter who spends most of her free time on the phone and internet.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 07:43 PM moishe Says:

i dont know how any frum person can watch this things, its totally pritzus, and #11 took his kids there!??

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

There is a whole group of frum men who run daily. they have formed a group called the heimishe road runners; 6 of them ran in the nyc marathon today, they all train and run in marathons. the ones who didn't run, came to give encouragement to their fellow runners and it was a huge kiddush hashem - they had banners with the name heimishe road runners...........way to go!! more people should get involved in these healthy pastimes and we should encourage our youth instead of encouraging passive, couch potato activities.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 05:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
sports fan Says:

thank you VIN for starting to post sports related news.
I hope this is the beginning of an official policy of reporting on all our local teams.
yankees, mets, giants, jets etc...

I agree! We need sports! Vin is great, why not make it even greater?

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 09:59 PM Anonymous Says:

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moishe Says:

i dont know how any frum person can watch this things, its totally pritzus, and #11 took his kids there!??

I think the same as you, my doughter wanted to go watch them I didn't let her go I sit down with her and play a game. Better then go watch them its real preitzes.

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 Nov 02, 2009 at 01:15 AM Let's get real Says:

Let's see a 2nd or 3rd generation American born athlete win. Big deal that he became American; he wasn't born here. He's really just another African runner winning. With all of our science, we can't win...

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 Nov 02, 2009 at 08:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Chabad of Long Island City was there again giving out kosher Powerade to all the runners at their booth in front of their Chabad House- a HUGE kiddush Hashem!!

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 Nov 02, 2009 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Chabad of Long Island City was there again giving out kosher Powerade to all the runners at their booth in front of their Chabad House- a HUGE kiddush Hashem!!

We have really devalued the term "kiddush hasehm" when use the term to describe a bunch of lubavitch handing out Powerade drinks to non-tziniusdike runners in Long Island City. Under this logic, would it have been a chilul hashem to have handed out Gatorade.

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 Nov 03, 2009 at 01:06 PM clear thinker Says:

Reply to #16  
Let's get real Says:

Let's see a 2nd or 3rd generation American born athlete win. Big deal that he became American; he wasn't born here. He's really just another African runner winning. With all of our science, we can't win...

Do you say the same thing about anything or anybody else? Were you born here, or did your father come from another country? The reason we do well in this country is that you become an American by birth or choice. It is all the same thing. It might be nice if you hid your prejudice atleast a little.

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