30 Oct '16, 11pm

The Magic Of Meb, Legendary Marathoner Is Also An Exceptional Person - RunBlogRun

In the 2004 Olympic Games, Keflezighi battled over the final miles to capture the silver medal - the first American man to win an Olympic marathon medal since Frank Shorter took the silver in 1976. The Olympic marathon in Athens was a strange race, indeed - marred by a bizarre incident when an Irish ex-priest rushed onto the course and swarmed the late race leader. Keflezighi remembers the occurrence vividly. "There were three of us together. Vanderlei De Lima - the Brazilian - was in the lead. He had broken away early as I worked my way back, catching up to the lead. I was with Stefano Baldini and I said, 'Let's try to catch that guy and get 1-2.' We were pushing the pace and De Lima got attacked by a spectator who charged onto the course. It was, of course, an unfortunate thing. The Italian went on to win it, and I finished second. And I was happy to see De Lima overcome...

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