Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi after winning the 2009 New York City Marathon


Meb Keflezighi is the only runner in history to have won the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, and an Olympic medal. In 2009, Keflezighi became the first American since 1982 to win the New York City Marathon. He finished in the top 10 in New York eight times and was the top American seven times. In 2015, he set a TCS New York City Marathon masters event record of 2:13:32.


In 2014, Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American man to do so since 1983. The win, in a personal-best 2:08:37, lengthened the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist’s stay at the top of the U.S. ranks. He placed fourth in the London 2012 Olympic marathon. Keflezighi raced his 26th and final career marathon at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, running as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador.


Born in Eritrea, Keflezighi became a U.S. citizen in 1998 and won four NCAA titles while at UCLA. He set a 10,000-meter national record of 27:13.98 in 2001 that stood for nine years.

Race History

Career Highlights

Year Event Place Time
2004 Athens Olympic Games Marathon 2nd 2:11:29
2004 New York City Marathon 2nd 2:09:53
2005 New York City Marathon 3rd 2:09:56
2006 Boston Marathon 3rd 2:09:56
2009 New York City Marathon 1st 2:09:15
2012 London Olympic Games Marathon 4th 2:11:06
2014 Boston Marathon 1st 2:08:37

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