More here: http://letsrun.com/2011/keflezighi-0208.php
What most people are failing to realize is the big story really is that Meb as of now won't be running the 2011 Boston marathon. It's clear from the way the story is written that the $$ weren't right.
As David Monti wrote in the above article, Meb said, "In terms of a spring marathon, we were hoping to do Boston, but things didn't work out that way."
Since reading that, I took a look at the full transcript of Meb's teleconference today and Meb also had the following quote about the negotiations with Boston.
"I'm hoping to do a spring marathon. To do Boston was my anticipation, but that's most likely not to happen. And hopefully online we'll do something whether I'm going to run or I'm not going to run a spring marathon or not in a few days on Thursday on my website."
In the middle of the teleconference, a reporter asked Meb if training setbacks or injuries had caused him to not to run a spring marathon and Meb answered in the negative.
Meb also said:
"I was hoping to do Boston to break a streak. I obviously have done great things of breaking the streak winning the New York City Marathon or getting the Olympic medal."
Now things have not worked out the way they should have, and it may be best to keep the spring half-marathon and get ready for a fall marathon.
So the question now becomes, will Boston up the ante or Meb lower his asking price? Or will Meb find another spring marathon?
Meb once again said:
"No, I didn't have injury setbacks at all. I was sick most of after Thanksgiving and December and January. I was hoping to do the half marathon in Houston, and eventually I was hoping to do cross country in San Diego.
But no injuries, just I was sick. I couldn't shake it off. I was sick for six weeks or so and that's what happened. In terms of the spring marathon, we were hoping to do Boston, but things have not worked out that way."