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America's Meb Keflezighi Wins An Emotional Boston Marathon
NPR ^ | 21 April 2014 | Bill Chappell

Posted on 04/21/2014 11:07:08 AM PDT by Theoria

In the men's field of the 118th Boston Marathon, American Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. runners, after holding off Wilson Chebet of Kenya in a race that came down to the final mile.

According to race officials, Keflezighi, 38, ran a 4:56 split at mile 23, when he built a 20-second lead. That lead dwindled as the runners neared the finish line, but Keflezighi held off all challengers to win the race with an unofficial finishing time of 2:08:37.

The crowd roared as the Eritrean-born runner who lives in San Diego crossed the finish line, celebrating a much-needed victory in the historic race.

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET: Emotions At The Finish Line

It was an emotional scene as the crowd and the runner realized that, yes, this was actually happening: a U.S. man was winning the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi broke the tape near the site of a makeshift memorial to the four people who died because of last year's attack on the race.

Holding his trophy as the U.S. national anthem played, Keflezighi's face was contorted with emotion, tears streaming down his face.

"We are resilient; we never gave up," he said after the race. "My whole run is to run strong — Boston strong, Meb strong."

Keflezighi also said that he was aware he was being chased neared the finish line.

"If somebody beat me," Keflezighi recalls thinking, "I'm going to inspire others to do it."

Instead, the man whose family immigrated to the U.S. after fleeing violence in Eritrea in the 1980s has inspired others by winning the race outright.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: boston; bostonmarathon; marathon; massachusetts; mebkeflezighi; running

1 posted on 04/21/2014 11:07:08 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

~~~Meb Keflezighi~~~

That’s quite a name.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 11:10:55 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle
~~~Meb Keflezighi~~~

Born in Eritrea. So he is an American by citizenship? What's the diference between Eritreans and Kenyans?

3 posted on 04/21/2014 11:13:34 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Theoria

Personal information
Born May 5, 1975 (age 38)
Asmara, Eritrea
Residence Mammoth Lakes, California
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 127 pounds (58 kg)


4 posted on 04/21/2014 11:14:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
State of Eritrea,[6] is a country in the Horn of Africa. Eritrea is the Italian form of the Greek name Ἐρυθραία (Erythraía ), meaning "red [land]". With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan to the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the east. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The nation has a total area of approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi), and includes the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands. Eritrea is a multi-ethnic country, with nine recognized ethnic groups. It has a population of around six million inhabitants. Most residents speak Afro-Asiatic languages, either of the Semitic or Cushitic branches. Among these communities, the Tigrinya make up about 55% of the population, with the Tigre constituting around 30% of inhabitants. In addition, there are a number of Nilo-Saharan-speaking Nilotic ethnic minorities. Most people in the territory adhere to Christianity or Islam.[2]
5 posted on 04/21/2014 11:16:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Theoria
The crowd roared as the Eritrean-born runner who lives in San Diego...

Truthfully, how many folks know where Eritrea is? I've worked for a global logistics company for 33 years, with offices in 220+ countries, yet I had to look that up on Wikipedia. It's in Africa, by the way.

6 posted on 04/21/2014 11:16:46 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: F15Eagle

I work with someone from there...his last name is worse!

He fled the war there also.


7 posted on 04/21/2014 11:17:59 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: F15Eagle

His real name is Norm Crosby.


8 posted on 04/21/2014 11:20:06 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Eritreans don’t like Kenyans.


9 posted on 04/21/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: JoeProBono

He’s been here since he was 12.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 11:24:14 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Theoria

A lot of them were forced out of Ethiopia because they are orthodox christian (typically) and many came to the United States....

You may remember all the media coverage of the Christian persecution back then (snicker)/sarcasm off...


11 posted on 04/21/2014 11:29:24 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: Theoria

Shame he didn’t point out that the poison of Islam has caused so many problems in his home nation/continent and it’s come to our shores.


12 posted on 04/21/2014 11:33:54 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: trisham


13 posted on 04/21/2014 11:39:23 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
I think the name Eritrea is rather from the Greek name for the Red Sea, Erythraia thalassa, since it borders the Red Sea.

Both Ethiopia and Eritrea have large Christian populations going back to ancient times. Ethiopia annexed Eritrea in 1962 which led to a 31-year struggle for independence on the part of the Eritreans, but I think it was primarily nationalistic rather than based on religious differences. For part of that time Ethiopia had a Communist dictatorship.

14 posted on 04/21/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: JoeProBono

Good for him!


15 posted on 04/21/2014 11:51:51 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

I know lots of Etrieans. Helped one, a good friend, study for his citizenship test (something I think everyone should do). Christians to a one, although a different ‘flavor’ of Christianity and the traditional garb would make some think of Muslim or other cultures.


16 posted on 04/21/2014 11:55:01 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: Theoria

So the drought on American Born men continues unabated, I suppose. The bigger issue is they were able to hold the run without any disruptions, and a good time had by all. That’s what’s really important. For one day this year, to use a popular phrase; We are all Bostonians today!

I sympathize for the family of that crazed young man Kayvon, actual name being Kevin. When your bi-polar son becomes over 20 y/o and has not actually committed a crime yet, there is not much one can do but pray and hope he stays out of dangers’ way. You just know his Facebook comments are on fire from angry Boston citizens.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 11:59:00 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: RedStateRocker
I know lots of Etrieans. Helped one, a good friend, study for his citizenship test (something I think everyone should do). Christians to a one, although a different ‘flavor’ of Christianity and the traditional garb would make some think of Muslim or other cultures.

Thank you for the edification.

18 posted on 04/21/2014 12:47:57 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Theoria

Wining the marathon at age 38 is a very high accomplishment in my book.

>>>>>>>>>>
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/04/meet-marathon-meb-keflezighi-the-american-who-won-boston-marathon/
He’s One of the Oldest Champions: Keflezighi turns 39 next month and is the oldest men’s champion in Boston since 1931. James P. Henigan was 38 when he won the 35th version of the race that year and turned 39 five days later on April 25, 1931.

The year before that, 1930, Clarence H. DeMar won the race with a time of 2:34:48 at age 41. It was the last of LeMar’s seven Boston wins.


19 posted on 04/21/2014 1:09:04 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Theoria; lightman; kronos77

Christ is Risen!

Meb Keflezighi is an Orthodox Christian! I saw him cross himself after winning the Marathon on a YouTube, and read a Twitter post from him that said he celebrated Orthodox Pascha.

I imagine that he—as well as other Orthodox Christians who were running the Marathon today—can complete their Paschal feasts during Bright Week. All that meat protein will help them repair their muscles, too!!!!


20 posted on 04/21/2014 1:32:49 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: lee martell
We are all Bostonians today!

Never! Death before dishonor!

21 posted on 04/21/2014 1:37:10 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Theoria
It was an emotional scene...

That's a phrase I have heard at least 10,000 times over the past 48 hours...

22 posted on 04/21/2014 1:40:03 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: relictele

Why would he?

You should read his story. It’s incredible.


23 posted on 04/21/2014 1:51:53 PM PDT by mn-bush-man
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To: Theoria
The Marathon passes within 100 yards of my doorstep and,as usual,I went out to watch...as do thousands of others.I saw him,and the other "elite men" pass,which was exciting.I and several of my neighbors hung around for about 90 minutes after they passed to cheer runners on.Lots and lots of amputees were running...they all got a big cheer.A half dozen blind people (with "guides" running with them) went by.Big cheers for them as well.Runners from just about every nation on earth (they wore shirts with their nationality on them).And about a dozen or so Marines,a half dozen Navy and one Army runner went by.They all got big cheers...from me,at least.

On a more serious note...National Guard MPs have always been stationed along the route but this year I noticed they were carrying sidearms.I talked to a group of them and said "in the nine years I've lived here I've never seen you guys with sidearms".A Staff Sergent replied "this is the first time in history that we have".

24 posted on 04/21/2014 2:02:57 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: who knows what evil?; lee martell
We are all Bostonians today! Never! Death before dishonor!

So just because it was Boston you're OK with what those 9th Century knuckledraggers did last year??? Geeze Louise!

25 posted on 04/21/2014 2:06:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Honorary Serb
Meb Keflezighi is an Orthodox Christian! I saw him cross himself after winning the Marathon on a YouTube, and read a Twitter post from him that said he celebrated Orthodox Pascha.

A few years ago I stumbled upon an article that said that something like a third of Ethiopians are Christians.Being in Africa,and so close to Saudi Arabia,I was stunned to see this.I know there are a good number of Christians in central Africa,thanks to French and Belgian colonization but they're found in Ethiopia too.

26 posted on 04/21/2014 2:10:30 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative
So just because it was Boston you're OK with what those 9th Century knuckledraggers did last year??? Geeze Louise!

Where did I say that? I said I am NOT a 'Bostonian' (in spirit or whatever)...today, or any other day.

27 posted on 04/21/2014 2:16:22 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?
On 9/11 I was a New Yorker.On the anniversary of 9/11 I'm a New Yorker.But I wouldn't give you a warm bucket of spit for the city on any other day.But I guess your mind works differently.
28 posted on 04/21/2014 2:19:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative
But I guess your mind works differently.

Evidently.

29 posted on 04/21/2014 2:23:04 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

I learned where Eritrea is located in the book”Cutting for Stone”


30 posted on 04/21/2014 2:23:31 PM PDT by Mears
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To: JoeProBono
Personal information
Born May 5, 1975 (age 38)

Old Farts Rule!

31 posted on 04/21/2014 2:26:32 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Gay State Conservative
A few years ago I stumbled upon an article that said that something like a third of Ethiopians are Christians.

It's actually about two thirds. They are fiercely proud of being the home of the Ark of the Covenant.

32 posted on 04/21/2014 2:32:32 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Gay State Conservative

First of all, Eritrea (where Meb Keflezighi hailed from) became independent from Ethiopia in 1993, after a long war. But Eritrea is culturally very closely related to Ethiopia.

When Meb was born, Eritrea was part of Ethiopia, under the horrific communist Derg dictatorship. Since he left Eritrea with his family when he was 12 years old (in 1987), he never resided in an independent Eritrea.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meb_Keflezighi

Both Ethiopia and Eritrea are majority Christian, but with a large and growing muslim population. The traditional Ethiopian Church is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, from which the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church split and received autocephaly with Eritrean independence in 1993.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eritrean_Orthodox_Tewahedo_Church

Both of these “Tewahedo” (”One Nature” of Christ) churches are not in communion with the Eastern Orthodox Churches, bring considered “Non-Chalcedonian” and “monophysite”. They are often called Oriental Orthodox Churches. However, there are some moves to try to reunite the two families of Churches.

https://www.svots.edu/content/beyond-dialogue-quest-eastern-and-oriental-orthodox-unity-today

In the United States, immigrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt, etc. especially those who cannot find or easily attend an Oriental Orthodox Church of their nationality, or who no longer understand their languages, often may be received into an Eastern Orthodox Church (e.g., Orthodox Church in America, Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, etc.)

I therefore do not know whether Meb is a Eastern Orthodox or a Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Christian. But he is an Orthodox Christian either way.


33 posted on 04/21/2014 4:13:12 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Mears

Learn something everyday, thank you.


34 posted on 04/21/2014 4:14:56 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Gay State Conservative
A few years ago I stumbled upon an article that said that something like a third of Ethiopians are Christians.Being in Africa,and so close to Saudi Arabia,I was stunned to see this.I know there are a good number of Christians in central Africa,thanks to French and Belgian colonization but they're found in Ethiopia too.

They were there, and Christian, long before the French, British, and Belgians came to Sub Saharan Africa...

the infowarrior

35 posted on 04/21/2014 5:24:54 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Honorary Serb

What a truly awesome accomplishment at the end of the Great Fast!


36 posted on 04/21/2014 7:04:22 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Tulane

A lot of them were forced out of Ethiopia because they are orthodox christian (typically)

Was that during the Haile Mengistu regime? Mengistu was a Soviet client.


37 posted on 04/21/2014 7:04:31 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The history of Christianity in Ethiopia goes back about 1500 years.


38 posted on 04/21/2014 7:08:27 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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