December 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES – Following a year of record-breaking and history-making performances, Universal Sports Network named Meb Keflezighi’s emotional victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon as its “Moment of the Year”. The moment was unveiled on the network’s year-end special Podium360 Rewind ’14 presented by Netflix on Friday, December 19.
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A VICTORY FOR US ALL
“Be at your best when your best is needed.”
– John Wooden
On the day when his best was needed most, Meb brought it.
Considered by many to be too old and too injured to be a frontrunner, Meb Keflezighi ran the 2014 Boston Marathon with a conviction that saw him write his own storybook ending to become the first American man to win a Boston Marathon since 1983.
On the first running of the prestigious race since the 2013 bombings, Meb’s commanding win provided an emotional victory to the City of Boston, the running community and the entire country on the day it needed it most.
Fueled by the resolve to write a new chapter to the race’s 118-year history, Meb crossed the finish line first wearing red, white and blue and with the names of four victims written on the corners of his bib.
From the starting line in Hopkinton, Meb showed the punishing course respect yet managed to maintain a masterful4:54 pace on his way to a personal best marathon time of 2:08:37. In the last mile, Meb dug deep to keep his lead and pounded his fists in triumph as he ran toward the finish line on Boylston Street in front of cheering crowds on his way to securing his winning moment in the history books.
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Note: Encore presentations of Podium360 Rewind ’14 will air through January, 4, 2015 including December 19 at 11 p.m. ET and December 20 at 12:30 and 8:30 p.m. ET. To relive Meb’s victory, fans can watch the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the network’s “Best of 2014” programming on December 25 at 11 p.m. ET and December 31 at 11 p.m. ET.