Nov. 7, 2005
NEW YORK CITY (from USA T & F) - Olympic Silver medalist and UCLA great Meb Keflezighi finished third behind world record holder Paul Tergat and 2004 ING New York City Marathon champion Hendrick Ramaala on Sunday at the ING New York City Marathon.
Running with the lead pack from the gun, Keflezighi came into the 2005 edition of the race with hopes of being the first U.S. winner since Alberto Salazar won in 1982. Steadily covering each move throughout the race, Keflezighi was in contention for the win until the final mile when Ramaala and Tergat escalated their duel to the finish. Tergat edged Ramaala on the line to win by one second in 2:09:30. Keflezighi was timed in 2:09:56, making him the fastest U.S. marathoner for 2005. Fellow U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman finished fifth in 2:11:24. For his efforts in the NYC Marathon, Keflezighi was named the USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week.
The women's race was won by Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka in 2:24:41, leaving Susan Chepkemei of Kenya to finish as runner-up for the second straight year in 2:24:55. Jen Rhines led the U.S. women, running 2:37:07 to finish 18th.
For more information on the 2005 ING New York City Marathon visit www.ingnycmarathon.org.