Meb Keflezighi will end his elite racing career with the Boston and New York City Marathons next year.
Keflezighi, 41, was announced as part of April’s Boston Marathon elite field on Wednesday. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist previously announced he would retire after racing the New York City Marathon next November.
THE next time Yonas Mebrahtu runs a competitive race, he may employ a new, unusual strategy: no sleep. Such was the case before Saturday’s Shelter Island 10,000 for the champion of the 35th annual race.
ERITREA is invisiblized by its detractors. U.S. foreign policy, Western strategic alliances and media propensity to cover Africa only when and where there is a dramatic crisis, conspire to invisiblize countries like Eritrea.
The scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky sees an insidious Western agenda in such invisiblization. In a book he co-authors with Andre Vltchek he suggests that “Western misinformation has been clearly targeting countries that have been refusing to succumb to Western dictate.”
Even significant achievements of Eritrea and its people are little noted in the Western press. When Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon this year, headline reports were that he was the first American since 1983 to win the race. Continue reading Visiblizing Eritrea→
“Just last month, an American won the Boston Marathon for the frist time in 30 years. Which was inspiring and only fair since a KENYAN has been president for the last six,”- President Obama during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last Saturday.
DURING a speech made at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, John Kerry, Secretary of State, gleefully told the crowd an American won the Boston Marathon, and added the winner, Meb Kiflghzi, was of Kenyan descent. Kerry Said:
“This year, nothing negative to anybody in Ethiopia, but an American won the Boston Marathon. (Applause.) So, anyway. Pretty remarkable, though I might add of Kenyan descent. So I don’t know what it is. We’ve got to, I think, somehow get people running more or something like that.”
“In highlighting the importance of sports for youth refugees it is especially exciting to be joined today by Mr. Meb Keflezighi, who is himself a refugee from Eritrea and who, just last Monday, won the Boston Marathon. Mr. Keflezighi, last week’s race was a moving day for all involved. You moved everyone by moving the fastest! Congratulations on your victory!” – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General
By Eritrean Mission to the UN,
ON MONDAY 28 April 2014, Meb Kiflezghi, an Eritrean-American winner of the New York and Boston Marathons and an Olympic Silver Medalist, visited the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nation in New York.
ERITREAN American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon 2014 men’s title on a day that was marked by remembrances of the bombings one year ago.
He held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya at the finish to win in a time of 2:08.37.
Keflezighi, who will turn 39 next month, was cheered by massive crowds from Hopkinton to Boylston Street wearing a red and white top and blue shorts. He’s the first American man to win in Boston since Greg A. Meyer in 2:09:00 in 1983, four years before Keflezighi immigrated to the U.S. Continue reading Eritrean-American Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon→