MEB & ABDI TO JOIN HALL AND SELL AT ING NYC MARATHON
By David Monti
(c) 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
NEW YORK (29-Sep) -- Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi and three-time
Olympian Abdi Abdirahman will compete in the USA Men's Marathon
Championship at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, joining
fellow Olympians Ryan Hall and Brian Sell who had previously committed
to the race. These four athletes, who will be competing simultaneously
for the overall ING New York City Marathon and national championship
titles, represent the core of the strongest USA men's field ever
assembled for the international marathon in New York, the world's
"This is the finest gathering of America's marathoners since the
Olympic Trials race here in 2007," said New York Road Runners'
president and CEO Mary Wittenberg through a media release. "I love the
potent mix of Americans, which should give confidence to each of them.
We'll have the veterans—Meb, Abdi, Ryan, and Brian—and the most
significant debutant in three years, Jorge Torres, with a supporting
cast seeking to break through, including Jason Lehmkuhle and Bolota
Asmerom. Look for red, white, and blue to figure prominently from
start to finish."
Keflezighi, 34, of San Diego, Calif., was the Olympic Marathon silver
medalist in Athens in 2004. He's been on the comeback trail for the
past 12 months from a hip injury, winning the 2009 USA titles at the
half-marathon, cross country and seven miles. He also lowered his
marathon personal best to 2:09:21 in London last April. Keflezighi has
twice placed in the top-3 in New York: second in 2004 and third in 2005.
"I look forward to competing for the chance to earn my 20th USA
championship against the amazing field," Keflezighi commented. "To
achieve this milestone in the Big Apple would mean a lot to me."
Abdirahman, 32, of Tucson, Ariz., has a 2:08:56 marathon personal best
set in Chicago in 2006. He's run New York three times, and finished
sixth in last year's race. Torres, 29, of Boulder, Colo., was a
Beijing Olympian at 10,000m, and has a personal best for that distance
of 27:42.91. He's coached by former NYCM champion Steve Jones.
Lehmkuhle, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn., ran his best time of 2:12:54 at
the Olympic Trials in New York in 2007. Asmerom, 30, of Oakland,
Calif., completed his first career marathon last year in New York,
USA men will be competing for a special $150,000 prize money purse
($40,000 for the USA title), part of an overall purse of $800,000, the
largest in the history of the event which will celebrate it's 40th
running this year.