What an impressive surge as he crossed the 23-mile marker! I didn’t think he would be able to challenge Kipsang or Kirui from Kenya in the last few miles, but he left them in the dust. Very well run race in hot and humid conditions.
On another note, I’m extremely proud of Meb Keflezighi on his fourth-place finish for the U.S. I didn’t think he had any shot of finishing in the top five, or even the top 10 for that matter. His move from 14th to 4th over the last five miles was awesome. Way to go Meb!
Finally, while I didn’t think the U.S. had any chance to medal, I never imagined both Ryan and Adbi would drop out of this race. With Meb at the end of his career, and Ryan continuing to under-achieve, it looks like the future of U.S. men’s marathoning is very much in disarray. Maybe we can hope that Galen Rupp will eventually decide to move up to the marathon. Would be fun to see what he can do at that distance.
All of this. It was pretty exciting to see Uganda get its first Olympic medal of the games through Kiprotich, who when the US news crew caught up with him for an interview was still breathing heavy. Meb came in with a big smile and deserves huge credit for hanging in there and not quitting. But who will be the next generation of U.S. Olympic male marathoners? Is it…you?