Meb Keflezighi sets retirement after 2017 New York City Marathon


NEW YORK — Meb Keflezighi, the most accomplished U.S. marathoner in recent history, said Sunday that the 2017 New York City Marathon will be his final marathon, as expected.

Keflezighi, 41, won the 2004 Olympic silver medal, the 2009 New York City Marathon and the 2014 Boston Marathon. He has finished 24 career marathons and has long said he wants to end his career with 26 career 26.2-mile races.

In Rio, Keflezighi became the second-oldest U.S. Olympic runner of all time and finished 33rd in that marathon after stopping seven times during the race due to stomach problems.

Keflezighi attended the New York City Marathon on Sunday as a grand marshal, along with four of his five U.S. Olympic marathon teammates. Keflezighi did not race New York City this year as it came only 11 weeks after the Rio Games.

Keflezighi is expected to race a spring marathon, likely Boston in April.

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