On a perfect autumn morning in the Bay Area, Eritrean-American Olympic medalists Meb Keflezighi cruised to victory at the 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. Keflezighi delighted a cheering crowd of well-wishers along the 13.1-mile route by winning handily in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 17 seconds–over two minutes ahead of runner-up Giliat Ghebray (1:03:38) from Union City.
Keflezighi led a lead pack of five runners through an opening mile of 4:35. At mile 3 the 204 Olympic Marathon silver medalist picked up the pace, running a series of sub-4:40 miles to open up a sizable lead on the rest of the field, one he held all the way to the finish line.
“We ran a pretty quick first mile of 4:35 and then after that 4:50 and after that I picked it up,” said Keflezighi, who won for the third straight time in San Jose. Continue reading Meb Keflezighi Wins Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose 2011 Half Marathon For Third Straight Time