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(Boston.com)   Meb Keflezighi becomes the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983. Meb Keflezighi? Oh sure, I bet he's as American as Barack Hussein Obama   (boston.com) divider line 43
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2014-04-21 03:57:52 PM  
Other than him being born in Eritrea and not the US, sure.  We accept all sorts of exceptional people and grow some of our own, too.

Ha, Ha, Eritrea!  You dropped the ball on this one!
 
2014-04-21 04:11:49 PM  
The fact that an American won the Boston Marathon is amazing.

The fact that a man who came to this country as a child from a war torn nation, became a citizen, found success, and won THIS Boston Marathon is the best sports story my wonderful city will have this year.

The Boston Herald readers will be pissed, but they couldn't drive 26 miles without stopping for a cigarette and a scratch ticket, so we ignore them.
 
2014-04-21 04:21:47 PM  
Hell, I'd be impressed if some of you yanks could make three or four laps around a buffet table without defibrillation  - never mind a gallop through Boston.
 
2014-04-21 04:26:53 PM  
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2014-04-21 04:29:35 PM  
Keflezighi?

Let's see Hillary and Obama pretend THIS was caused by demonstrators angry about a youtube video.
 
2014-04-21 04:36:39 PM  
Keflezighi? Gesundheit.
 
2014-04-21 05:31:23 PM  
Has he produced his long-form birth certificate?
 
2014-04-21 05:41:53 PM  
he's as american as Reince Priebus!
 
2014-04-21 05:46:41 PM  
I was able to watch online today - the guy's running for is amazing - near the end he looked a little labored, but in general he looked like a guy out on a weekend jog.

the most amazing thing is his age. He ran a 2:08 at 39 years old - that is insane to me
 
2014-04-21 06:00:34 PM  

what_now: The fact that an American won the Boston Marathon is amazing.

The fact that a man who came to this country as a child from a war torn nation, became a citizen, found success, and won THIS Boston Marathon is the best sports story my wonderful city will have this year.

The Boston Herald readers will be pissed, but they couldn't drive 26 miles without stopping for a cigarette and a scratch ticket, so we ignore them.


The Herald is easy to read while smoking a cig and scratching tickets. No more then 3 paragraphs per story and it opens like a book!
 
2014-04-21 06:01:54 PM  

p the boiler: I was able to watch online today - the guy's running for is amazing - near the end he looked a little labored, but in general he looked like a guy out on a weekend jog.

the most amazing thing is his age. He ran a 2:08 at 39 years old - that is insane to me


This.  That's just an incredible pace averaging less than 5 minutes a mile.  I'm 38 and the last time I ran a mile (last weekend) I was happy with 7:32.
 
2014-04-21 06:10:15 PM  

p the boiler: I was able to watch online today - the guy's running for is amazing - near the end he looked a little labored, but in general he looked like a guy out on a weekend jog.

the most amazing thing is his age. He ran a 2:08 at 39 years old - that is insane to me


Like most health nuts, he'll probably die of a widowmaker heart attack at 41.

I'll stick to my health plan of Pall Malls, vodka and red meat thank you very much.
 
2014-04-21 06:23:43 PM  

oldfarthenry: Hell, I'd be impressed if some of you yanks could make three or four laps around a buffet table without defibrillation  - never mind a gallop through Boston.


Not to toot my horn but rather to drop you a peg or two...qualified for Boston, ran the mountain masochist twice (I wont link to it because I am sure you are smart enough to use google)... I would guess my total distance run would be on par with the total combined distance your mouth has traveled up and down the shaft of some strangers shaft.

Curious, did you have to get your neck scoped a half a dozen times like my knees?
 
2014-04-21 06:28:48 PM  

what_now: The fact that an American won the Boston Marathon is amazing.


I have to honestly say that when I first read the headline in the news I was sure the fix was in, no way that could be true. Meb was on my least likely list to be the next American to win an important marathon--at the top was Ryan Hall. But then I looked at the splits and its legit and I felt ashamed. He deserves a lot of credit for putting in his personal best on the big day. Once again it proves my thesis is that the real problem with American long-distance runners is that they lack motivation. Give them something to run for an anything can happen.
 
2014-04-21 06:55:02 PM  
The link I submitted had some freakin' epic comments...just think nutjobs x10 and there ya are.  And I even included the word racism, which is typically an instant green here.

/'scuse me whilst I go cry moar
 
2014-04-21 06:58:27 PM  
What is it with 'ultra-patriotic' wins after terrorist attacks?

2001, 9/11 happens, the Patriot surprise everyone and go on to win the Super Bowl
*cough* eveniftherefshadtocheettogetthemtherewiththetuckcall *cough*

2014, 1 year after the bombing, American Immigrant Success Story wins the Boston Marathon.

It's a conspiracy; study it out, people...
 
2014-04-21 07:12:28 PM  
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2014-04-21 07:32:52 PM  

factoryconnection: Other than him being born in Eritrea and not the US, sure.  We accept all sorts of exceptional people and grow some of our own, too.

Ha, Ha, Eritrea!  You dropped the ball on this one!


Eritrea's loss is San Diego's gain. I hear he moved up to Mammoth, so he could train at altitude.  Looks like it worked.
 
2014-04-21 07:52:49 PM  
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2014-04-21 08:03:07 PM  
just got home from a tempo run.....but before that i was in Boston for the marathon and it was a great experience being by the finish line when Meb finished.  I'm never one to do USA chants but it just felt good seeing him win with everyone chanting
 
2014-04-21 08:05:38 PM  

Bonzo_1116: factoryconnection: Other than him being born in Eritrea and not the US, sure.  We accept all sorts of exceptional people and grow some of our own, too.

Ha, Ha, Eritrea!  You dropped the ball on this one!

Eritrea's loss is San Diego's gain. I hear he moved up to Mammoth, so he could train at altitude.  Looks like it worked.


It's nice to see that he is American independently of his athletic ability. Poaching an overseas ringer to compete under your flag always strikes me as a particularly stupid source of nationalist pride.
 
2014-04-21 08:13:36 PM  
Thanks Obama!
 
2014-04-21 08:26:17 PM  

Rapmaster2000: p the boiler: I was able to watch online today - the guy's running for is amazing - near the end he looked a little labored, but in general he looked like a guy out on a weekend jog.

the most amazing thing is his age. He ran a 2:08 at 39 years old - that is insane to me

This.  That's just an incredible pace averaging less than 5 minutes a mile.  I'm 38 and the last time I ran a mile (last weekend) I was happy with 7:32.


I picked up running last year and am obsessed now. It is an amazing sport and I wish I starter younger. It helped me lose 80lbs in a year. I went from not being able to run a 1/4 mile to finishing a 10k in under 50 min within a year .

To see someone like meb do what he did today is just awe inspiring because I know what my body feels like when I try to average sub 7min pace in a 5k and for him to average 2 min faster per mile for 26.2 ... It's insane to me.
 
2014-04-21 08:37:48 PM  

p the boiler: I picked up running last year and am obsessed now. It is an amazing sport and I wish I starter younger. It helped me lose 80lbs in a year. I went from not being able to run a 1/4 mile to finishing a 10k in under 50 min within a year .

To see someone like meb do what he did today is just awe inspiring because I know what my body feels like when I try to average sub 7min pace in a 5k and for him to average 2 min faster per mile for 26.2 ... It's insane to me.


Good for you. Word of advice: crank up your distances. Getting older means getting slower. When you're 35, a :50 10K will be disappointingly slow. When you're 45, you'll wonder how you were ever able to do it.

The trick is to creep up in race distances. Once you've hit your best time for a 10K, start training for half-marathons. Your first half will automatically be a new personal best (and you can't really compare your 13.1 mi pace to your 10K pace, so don't even try). Your second half-marathon will probably be better than your first, because you'll learn how to pace them. Once you've plateaued in half-marathons, move up to full marathons and repeat. Then 50K trail runs. Then 50 mi. runs, etc. You'll never get discouraged about getting slower, you'll stay in kickass shape, and you'll look back at something like a 10K or 13.1 mi. race and think "that's not even worth getting out of bed for."
 
2014-04-21 08:42:12 PM  

p the boiler: Rapmaster2000: p the boiler: I was able to watch online today - the guy's running for is amazing - near the end he looked a little labored, but in general he looked like a guy out on a weekend jog.

the most amazing thing is his age. He ran a 2:08 at 39 years old - that is insane to me

This.  That's just an incredible pace averaging less than 5 minutes a mile.  I'm 38 and the last time I ran a mile (last weekend) I was happy with 7:32.

I picked up running last year and am obsessed now. It is an amazing sport and I wish I starter younger. It helped me lose 80lbs in a year. I went from not being able to run a 1/4 mile to finishing a 10k in under 50 min within a year .

To see someone like meb do what he did today is just awe inspiring because I know what my body feels like when I try to average sub 7min pace in a 5k and for him to average 2 min faster per mile for 26.2 ... It's insane to me.


I was realizing today that I was thinking about watching everything unfold a year ago and being upset because "I  used to run."  I got back into it last summer and went from never running more than 10 miles ever, and that was years ago to doing my first marathon in Detroit last fall.  Now doing Chicago this year. I went out too hard and too fast and got a lot of injuries, so I started doing weight training for the first time in my life too.  It's nice to hear people tell me I look less chubby.

/my time in Detroit would qualify me for Boston as a 70 year old
//now I play the waiting game.
 
2014-04-21 08:46:48 PM  
Uzzah Thank you for the advice, I'm doing my first half this year. I've been doing longer distance ribs on the weekends and have been able to keep an 8:33 pace up to 12 miles, but so far my body had not let me go further.

Longtime Lurker, I've also added weight training this year to prevent injury and I am loving it. It had also had a positive impact on my times. I'll never make Boston, but I love to run.
 
2014-04-21 08:49:37 PM  
I watched the last few miles online at work, and it was nervewracking as hell. The Men's finish was absolutely amazing. One of the best I've ever seen.

Also, was following one of my high school friends who is consistently working his way up the elite field of American runners. He did a damn good job today, 31st male.
 
2014-04-21 09:15:53 PM  
Not bad for a guy who's a little more than a year older than me.

Hell, I can't go at an 8:30 pace without some part of my body begging me to stop.
 
2014-04-21 09:23:51 PM  
Meb isn't running for President, or serving as one...so his birthplace is irrelevant.

Funny thing...I am pretty sure where Meb was born...can't say that for the Lyin' Hawaiian (?)
 
2014-04-21 10:08:02 PM  
Let me get this straight: this guy moves to the US at a young age, lives and trains here for his entire professional career, then competes as an American? Unpossible!

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2014-04-21 10:32:49 PM  
I watched on beacon street near Washington square.  When I heard an America won and saw his picture and name I made the jokes one would expect. Then a guy a few feet away from me made a sign saying meb won and a lot of the runners who ran by were fist pumping when they read it and seemed genuinly excited and energized by it.  So I told myself for the rest of the day he can be as American as the people want him to be.
 
2014-04-21 10:46:02 PM  
I''ll bite, Meb Keflezigh is more American than Barack Hussein Obama.
 
2014-04-21 10:55:38 PM  
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He looks American to me.
Plus, I once had a girlfriend named Meb, so Meb is already officially an American name.
Even though his last name sounds like somebody just sneezed.
 
2014-04-21 11:32:28 PM  

varmitydog: [www.rantsports.com image 640x360]

He looks American to me.
Plus, I once had a girlfriend named Meb, so Meb is already officially an American name.
Even though his last name sounds like somebody just sneezed.


The lady on the NPR show out of Boston this morning kept pronouncing it as "Meb Kafleski", like he was Polish.

I admit, I giggled.
 
2014-04-21 11:40:20 PM  

Born to Die: Let me get this straight: this guy moves to the US at a young age, lives and trains here for his entire professional career, then competes as an American? Unpossible!

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Isn't that Sharapova? The only reason she was in the US in the first place is that she was good at tennis. Meb is American for non-sport reasons.
 
2014-04-22 12:03:37 AM  

factoryconnection: Other than him being born in Eritrea and not the US, sure.  We accept all sorts of exceptional people and grow some of our own, too.

Ha, Ha, Eritrea!  You dropped the ball on this one!


It was still part of Ethiopia when he moved to the US.
 
2014-04-22 12:12:12 AM  

p the boiler: Uzzah Thank you for the advice, I'm doing my first half this year. I've been doing longer distance ribs on the weekends and have been able to keep an 8:33 pace up to 12 miles, but so far my body had not let me go further.


Because I see you're a Chicago-area guy, I'd recommend the Oak Brook Half Marathon on Labor Day weekend.  It's both flat and largely on unpaved trails so it's a relatively easy run on your knees.   ...although you may be younger than I am and less concerned about such things.   I ran my first half last year and it was pretty well run and not really over-crowded.

In any case, best of luck.
 
2014-04-22 03:16:20 AM  

varmitydog: [www.rantsports.com image 640x360]

He looks American to me.
Plus, I once had a girlfriend named Meb, so Meb is already officially an American name.
Even though his last name sounds like somebody just sneezed.


Ummm, Meb moved to the US when he was 11 to  GTFO of the Eritrean war of independence.  His whole sports training and life has been here in the US.
 
2014-04-22 07:48:02 AM  

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or I was just mocking birthers. So, there's that.

/christ, some of you see trolls where there really isn't one
//LEARN THE FINER POINTS OF MOCKERY! SHEESH
 
2014-04-22 11:51:36 AM  

Uzzah: Good for you. Word of advice: crank up your distances. Getting older means getting slower. When you're 35, a :50 10K will be disappointingly slow. When you're 45, you'll wonder how you were ever able to do it.


Meh, enough old guys hand me my lunch that I am not worried about growing older.  They are great to latch on to in a race, they know their pacing.

Consistency is key, and if you are smart about it, you can just keep tacking on years and years of improvement slightly out pacing your aging.  Control what you can control, ignore the rest.

I'm mid-30s and I took out my college marathon time last year.  I think I could get close to HS 5k if I focused solely on that (but I won't).  Track times I will give you, I refuse to race a 800m ever again so it will not be touched.

/been hurt, has a half this weekend
//expected time somewhere between 85 and 115, depending on the leg.
 
2014-04-22 11:52:32 AM  
He's probably more American than Barack Obama (born in Hawaii), but not as American as Ted Cruz
(born in Canada to Cuban parents) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (born in Austria)......you can interpret
that any way you like.
 
2014-04-22 12:37:54 PM  
The fact that a man who came to this country as a child from a war torn nation, became a citizen, found success, and won THIS Boston Marathon is the best sports story my wonderful city will have this year.


No chance. This country is too stupid and racist for such a thing to be possible.
 
2014-04-22 12:41:35 PM  
Let's accept that the guy is a naturalized American citizen & leave it at that... What is truly amazing is that he came back from a broken hip. See the article here:
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/sports/4-fast-facts-about-boston-marathon - winner-meb-keflezighi.html/

Having both ruptured an achilles tendon and suffered a severe Lisfranc broken foot, I'm astonished that Meb could get back to world-class form after such a severe injury.
 
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