2009 ING NYCM Photo Gallery: A Salute to Meb, by Larry Eder

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The men's race starts, with not only the ING NYCM elite men's race, but also a US championships! This would be a historic race....

All photos by PhotoRun.net.

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Meb Keflizighi, with Jorge Torres, Abdi Abdirhaman, Bolata Asmeron, Ryan Hall in the front pack! Robert Cheruiyot, James Kwambai are in attendance...


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In the Bronx, the pack is down to five runners.....


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And then, there were two....Robert Cheruiyot, four-time champion at Boston, and Meb Keflizighi, Olympic silver medalist. Who would win?


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Making the move just after twenty-four miles, Meb gained five meters, then ten, then fifteen meters! Keflizighi just kept on moving and ran hard through the finish!

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Meb Keflezighi becomes the first American male to win the ING NYCM since 1982! He lead five Americans in the first ten, not done since 1979! This run, in 2:09:15, was a negative split race, as the half way pace was 1:05:07 at the halfway. 2:09:15 was a personal best for Meb!Fourteen mile an hour wind in face the entire way,and this was a race of attrition. Meb had one move and used it well to make his dream a reality!

All photos by PhotoRun.net, special thanks to Victah Sailer and Lisa Coniglio.

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