Enjoyment the driving factor for Keflezighi with Rio in sight, by Cathal Dennehy for World Running


After watching Meb Keflezighi ran so well in New York, it was even more evident that Meb has an real shot at the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon.

Enjoyment the driving factor for Keflezighi with Rio in sight

Meb Keflezighi reckons he has four marathons left in the tank and the 40-year-old is planning one last hurrah at the Olympic Games next summer as he begins to wind down his illustrious career

For Meb Keflezighi, the clock is ticking, and there's no mistaking its ominous sound.

First - and most importantly - he can sense the countdown to the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles on 13 February where Keflezighi hopes to make his fourth Olympic team.

If he can be one of the first three across the line, the sand timer will flip once again, giving him six months to prepare for the men's marathon in Rio de Janeiro.

After that, Keflezighi knows his days as an elite marathoner may be limited, that after a couple more attempts at the 26.2-mile distance, he might have to call time on one of the greatest careers in American distance running.

Last weekend, the official race clock at the New York City Marathon had ticked its way to 2:13:32 by the time Keflezighi reached the finish-line in Central Park, a time which - along with securing him seventh place - was an American masters record.

To read the story in its original form, please go to: http://www.worldrunning.com/news/enjoyment-the-driving-factor-for-keflezighi-with-rio-in-sight/

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