NYC Marathon: Keflezighi OK with quick turnaround

By Rachel Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 4 2011 2:30 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Meb Keflezighi holds a news conference, in New York. Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon champion, is the only top American attempting the double of running in New York on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, and in the U.S. trials in January. He is looking to return to the Olympics for the first time since winning the silver medal in 2004.

Richard Drew, File, Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Meb Keflezighi is philosophical about running the New York City Marathon 69 days before the U.S. Olympic trials.

No other top American is attempting the double. But Keflezighi figures anything can happen in running, so there's no need to skip New York, which he loves so much.

It's also easy to take that approach for a runner who has accomplished so much.

In 2009, he became the first American man since 1982 to win the NYC Marathon. At the 2004 Olympics, Keflezighi took silver to become the first American man to medal since 1976.

The NYC Marathon is Sunday. The Olympic trials are Jan. 14 in Houston.

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